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.
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 condition is rated 5 percent poor, 25 percent fair, 62 percent good, and 8 percent excellent, a slight improvement from last week.
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.
|District Summaries As Of August 9, 2009|
|Days Suitable For Fieldwork|
|Topsoil Moisture Supply|
|Corn Dough Stage and Beyond, Percent|
|Soybeans Blooming and Beyond, Percent|
|Sorghum Headed and Beyond, Percent|
|Alfalfa Hay 3rd Cutting, Percent|
|Other Hay Cut, Percent|