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Week Ending August 9, 2009

Agricultural Summary

Normal temperatures returned across the State while the southeast district received heavy rains. Corn, soybeans, and sorghum conditions are 10 to 15 points higher in the good to excellent condition compared to last year and normal. Statewide, topsoil moisture is rated 2 percent very short, 18 percent short, 76 percent adequate, and 4 percent surplus. The west-central, east-central and southwest districts declines were offset by better supply in the southeast district. There were 5.6 days suitable for fieldwork.

Field Crops Report

Corn silking is 94 percent complete, 4 days ahead of last year but 8 days behind a normal of 98 percent. Fifty-eight percent of the corn is in dough stage, 6 days ahead of last year but 8 days behind normal. Corn dented is 19 percent complete, 4 days ahead of last year but 8 days behind normal. Corn condition is rated 2 percent very poor, 7 percent poor, 26 percent fair, 49 percent good, and 16 percent excellent. Soybean blooming is at 75 percent, 7 days ahead of last year but 4 days behind a normal of 80 percent. Thirty-three percent are setting pods, 4 days ahead of last year and 9 days behind normal. Soybean condition is rated 2 percent very poor, 7 percent poor, 31 percent fair, 48 percent good, and 12 percent excellent. Cotton squaring is complete. Bolls have set on 79 percent of this year’s crop, 13 days behind a year ago and 10 days behind normal. Cotton condition is 14 percent poor, 31 percent fair, 51 percent good, and 4 percent excellent. Rice heading is 13 percent complete, 18 days behind last year and 19 days behind normal. Rice condition is rated 3 percent poor, 21 percent fair, 53 percent good, and 23 percent excellent. Sorghum heading is 54 percent, 2 days behind a year ago and 12 days behind a normal of 78 percent. Sorghum turning color is 8 percent complete, 4 days behind of last year and 10 days behind normal. Sorghum condition is rated 4 percent poor, 36 percent fair, 51 percent good, and 9 percent excellent. The second cutting of alfalfa is 94 percent complete, while the third cutting is 29 percent complete, 12 days behind normal. Other hay is 95 percent cut, 8 days behind normal.

Pasture & Livestock

Pasture condition is rated 5 percent poor, 25 percent fair, 62 percent good, and 8 percent excellent, a slight improvement from last week.

Weather Summary

Temperatures averaged 2 degrees below average to 2 degrees above average across the State. Rainfall averaged 0.54 of an inch for the week. The southeast district recorded the most precipitation with 2.42, while the driest districts were the southwest and central at 0.00 and 0.07 of an inch respectively. Cape Girardeau county reported 3.30 inches last week.

Audio Commentary

Weekly Crop Progress and Condition Audio Commentary by State Director Gene Danekas is available at:on the
Missouri Field Office Audio Publications page.

http://www.nass.usda.gov/Statistics_by_State/Missouri/Publications/Audio/


Weather Data

Hourly and daily weather data from stations throughout the state is available at: at the
Missouri Historical Agricultural Weather Database.

http://agebb.missouri.edu/weather/history/

District Summaries As Of August 9, 2009
  Missouri NW NC NE WC C EC SW SC SE
Days Suitable For Fieldwork                    
This Year 5.6 5.2 5.2 4.5 6.5 6.6 6.1 7.0 5.7 4.3
Last Year 6.4 6.7 6.7 6.2 5.6 6.5 5.4 6.1 6.6 6.5
Topsoil Moisture Supply                    
Very Short 2 2 0 1 6 0 3 8 0 0
Short 18 10 21 13 25 12 23 36 17 9
Adequate 76 81 66 80 68 83 74 56 83 90
Surplus 4 7 13 6 1 5 0 0 0 1
Corn Dough Stage and Beyond, Percent                    
This Year 58 54 31 39 57 73 38 91 73 88
Last Year 45 38 19 26 35 54 30 43 63 92
Normal 76                  
Soybeans Blooming and Beyond, Percent                    
This Year 75 89 82 64 67 81 56 40 48 80
Last Year 61 56 63 44 51 65 79 17 79 83
Normal 80                  
Sorghum Headed and Beyond, Percent                    
This Year 54 45 35 28 52 51 40 87 65 71
Last Year 58 49 77 23 43 32 62 48 52 93
Normal 78                  
Alfalfa Hay 3rd Cutting, Percent                    
This Year 29 20 9 11 31 33 22 38 70 80
Last Year 23 20 3 9 24 32 15 35 45 82
Normal 56                  
Other Hay Cut, Percent                    
This Year 95 96 91 91 92 97 99 99 98 100
Last Year 91 96 77 93 90 96 96 92 97 100
Normal 98                  
Corn Condition                    
Very Poor 2 1 1 1 0 4 3 0 3 2
Poor 7 6 4 7 4 8 13 0 5 10
Fair 26 27 21 42 21 20 30 2 9 24
Good 49 47 42 40 54 55 44 91 33 52
Excellent 16 19 32 10 21 13 10 7 50 12
Soybean Condition                    
Very Poor 2 2 2 2 0 3 4 0 15 3
Poor 7 7 4 9 5 3 11 2 8 10
Fair 31 29 32 38 22 30 35 7 4 36
Good 48 49 42 43 58 54 40 89 22 43
Excellent 12 13 20 8 15 10 10 2 51 8
Sorghum Condition                    
Very Poor 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Poor 4 1 3 7 3 0 1 1 9 5
Fair 36 49 36 44 21 40 79 7 18 28
Good 51 48 49 41 68 58 20 84 30 51
Excellent 9 2 9 8 8 2 0 8 43 16
Pasture Condition                    
Very Poor 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Poor 5 4 5 6 3 1 6 10 10 1
Fair 25 24 19 36 24 21 39 16 29 65
Good 62 63 70 48 59 67 45 74 57 29
Excellent 8 9 6 9 14 11 10 0 4 5
Average Precipitation 0.54 0.79 0.81 0.59 0.24 0.07 0.25 0.00 0.47 2.42