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Week Ending August 16, 2009

Agricultural Summary

Near normal temperatures continue across the State with heavy rains in the northwest and north-central districts. For the week, crop progress was slower this year than last year. Statewide, topsoil moisture is rated 2 percent very short, 15 percent short, 68 percent adequate, and 15 percent surplus. The northern one-third of the State and the central district are rated over 90 percent in adequate to surplus topsoil moisture. There were 5.4 days suitable for fieldwork.

Field Crops Report

Corn silking is 97 percent complete, 3 days ahead of last year but 8 days behind a normal of 99 percent. Sixty-nine percent of the corn is in dough stage, 4 days ahead of last year but 11 days behind normal. Corn dented is 34 percent complete, 4 days ahead of last year but 10 days behind normal. Corn is starting to mature in most areas across the State. Corn condition is rated 2 percent very poor, 7 percent poor, 26 percent fair, 48 percent good, and 17 percent excellent. Soybean blooming is at 83 percent, 7 days ahead of last year but 4 days behind a normal of 88 percent. Forty-nine percent are setting pods, 5 days ahead of last year and 8 days behind normal. Soybean condition is rated 3 percent very poor, 7 percent poor, 30 percent fair, 48 percent good, and 12 percent excellent. Cotton has set bolls on 88 percent of this year’s crop, 15 days behind a year ago and 10 days behind normal. Cotton condition is 1 percent very poor, 12 percent poor, 30 percent fair, 52 percent good, and 5 percent excellent. Rice heading is 31 percent complete, 21 days behind last year and normal. Rice condition is rated 3 percent poor, 15 percent fair, 57 percent good, and 25 percent excellent. Conditions in the good to excellent category are 13 points lower than last year. Sorghum heading is 68 percent, 2 days behind last year and 13 days behind a normal of 86 percent. Sorghum turning color is 16 percent complete, 5 days behind of last year and 10 days behind normal. Sorghum condition is rated 4 percent poor, 33 percent fair, 54 percent good, and 9 percent excellent. The second cutting of alfalfa is 98 percent complete, while the third cutting is 46 percent complete, 2 days ahead of last year and 12 days behind normal. Other hay is 98 percent cut.

Pasture & Livestock

Pasture condition is rated 6 percent poor, 27 percent fair, 58 percent good, and 9 percent excellent. Pasture condition in the good to excellent category declined 20 points in the south-central district.

Weather Summary

Temperatures averaged 3 degrees below average to 2 degrees above average across the State. Rainfall averaged 1.07 inches for the week. The northwest district recorded the most precipitation with 2.49, while the driest districts were the east-central and southeast at 0.15 and 0.21 of an inch respectively. Clinton and Daviess counties reported over 5.40 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 16, 2009
  Missouri NW NC NE WC C EC SW SC SE
Days Suitable For Fieldwork                    
This Year 5.4 5.5 4.0 4.7 5.1 4.8 6.5 6.5 6.6 6.2
Last Year 6.3 6.5 5.2 6.5 6.4 5.8 6.4 6.7 6.6 6.7
Topsoil Moisture Supply                    
Very Short 2 0 0 0 1 0 10 7 2 1
Short 15 1 1 7 22 3 32 28 31 31
Adequate 68 52 65 72 69 88 58 64 67 67
Surplus 15 47 34 21 8 9 0 1 0 1
Corn Dough Stage and Beyond, Percent                    
This Year 69 59 56 50 69 85 53 93 88 95
Last Year 61 59 43 39 56 74 47 60 86 98
Normal 85                  
Corn Dented, Percent                    
This Year 34 32 13 14 26 50 16 36 50 72
Last Year 24 25 9 7 12 23 6 23 57 74
Normal 59                  
Soybeans Setting Pods and Beyond, Percent                    
This Year 49 58 64 37 43 55 33 20 24 57
Last Year 39 33 53 23 29 52 40 10 75 54
Normal 66                  
Sorghum Headed and Beyond, Percent                    
This Year 68 85 59 32 79 58 50 91 74 90
Last Year 71 76 87 48 61 48 78 70 78 97
Normal 86                  
Alfalfa Hay 3rd Cutting, Percent                    
This Year 46 45 12 22 51 61 53 61 84 83
Last Year 40 31 16 16 60 56 34 46 76 95
Normal 67                  
Other Hay Cut, Percent                    
This Year 98 98 93 95 95 98 100 100 100 100
Last Year 95 97 88 97 96 97 97 95 97 100
Normal 99                  
Corn Condition                    
Very Poor 2 2 1 1 0 4 3 0 3 2
Poor 7 6 4 7 5 8 13 0 5 10
Fair 26 29 14 42 20 20 32 23 10 22
Good 48 46 47 38 54 58 42 65 33 50
Excellent 17 17 34 12 21 10 10 12 49 16
Soybean Condition                    
Very Poor 3 2 2 1 1 3 5 0 11 5
Poor 7 9 4 9 5 3 11 1 5 9
Fair 30 32 23 36 22 28 35 10 11 36
Good 48 45 49 43 57 55 40 86 34 41
Excellent 12 12 22 11 15 11 9 3 39 9
Sorghum Condition                    
Very Poor 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Poor 4 1 4 6 4 0 1 1 6 5
Fair 33 32 37 35 26 39 71 9 27 26
Good 54 65 46 50 59 58 27 88 23 52
Excellent 9 2 10 9 11 3 1 2 44 17
Pasture Condition                    
Very Poor 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
Poor 6 6 6 5 2 1 10 9 15 5
Fair 27 26 19 36 18 22 37 24 44 45
Good 58 55 65 47 65 66 43 63 41 43
Excellent 9 13 10 12 15 11 10 2 0 7
Average Precipitation 1.07 2.49 2.28 0.78 1.37 1.07 0.15 0.85 0.25 0.21