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Week Ending August 23, 2009

Agricultural Summary

Cool temperatures returned across the State with heavy rains in the northern third of the State causing some flooding concerns. Statewide, topsoil moisture is rated 8 percent short, 79 percent adequate, and 13 percent surplus. There were 3.8 days suitable for fieldwork. The north-central and northeast districts had less than 2 days suitable for fieldwork, while the south-central and southeast had over 5 days.

Field Crops Report

Seventy-nine percent of the corn is in dough stage, 1 day ahead of last year but 12 days behind normal. Corn dent is 52 percent complete, 5 days ahead of last year but 10 days behind the normal of 72 percent. Seven percent of the corn is mature, 6 days ahead of last year but 11 days behind normal of 28 percent. Corn condition is rated 2 percent very poor, 7 percent poor, 26 percent fair, 50 percent good, and 15 percent excellent. Soybean blooming is at 89 percent, 6 days ahead of last year but 4 days behind a normal of 95 percent. Sixty-five percent are setting pods, 6 days ahead of last year but 8 days behind normal. Soybean condition is rated 3 percent very poor, 6 percent poor, 30 percent fair, 48 percent good, and 13 percent excellent. Cotton has set bolls on 97 percent of this year’s crop, 4 days behind normal. Cotton condition is 1 percent very poor, 12 percent poor, 30 percent fair, 52 percent good, and 5 percent excellent, unchanged from last week. Rice heading is 52 percent complete, 16 days behind last year and 20 days behind the normal of 93 percent. Rice condition is rated 3 percent poor, 15 percent fair, 57 percent good, and 25 percent excellent. Sorghum heading is 80 percent, 1 day behind last year and 12 days behind a normal of 92 percent. Sorghum turning color is 26 percent complete, 3 days behind last year and 12 days behind normal. Sorghum is starting to mature in the west-central, central, south-central, and southeast districts. Sorghum condition is rated 4 percent poor, 33 percent fair, 53 percent good, and 10 percent excellent. The third cutting of alfalfa is 63 percent complete, 2 days ahead of last year but 10 days behind normal.

Pasture & Livestock

Pasture condition is rated 3 percent poor, 28 percent fair, 60 percent good, and 9 percent excellent, a slight improvement over last week.

Weather Summary

Temperatures averaged 4 to 8 degrees below average across the State. Rainfall averaged 2.58 inches for the week. The northeast and north-central districts recorded the most precipitation with 4.70 and 4.43 inches respectively, while the driest district was the southeast at 0.82 of an inch. Livingston and Macon counties reported over 7.00 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 23, 2009
  Missouri NW NC NE WC C EC SW SC SE
Days Suitable For Fieldwork                    
This Year 3.8 3.5 2.0 1.4 4.5 4.3 4.5 4.4 5.8 5.3
Last Year 5.7 6.3 5.0 5.5 6.8 5.2 5.1 6.6 6.3 4.8
Topsoil Moisture Supply                    
Very Short 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2
Short 8 1 1 0 9 7 19 10 16 15
Adequate 79 74 75 61 88 89 80 88 84 78
Surplus 13 25 24 39 3 4 0 1 0 5
Corn Dented, Percent                    
This Year 52 60 32 21 49 73 27 54 60 82
Last Year 43 53 29 13 25 37 11 34 84 88
Normal 72                  
Soybeans Blooming and Beyond, Percent                    
This Year 89 97 91 86 96 89 71 75 89 87
Last Year 84 86 89 78 78 86 83 40 99 95
Normal 95                  
Soybeans Setting Pods and Beyond, Percent                    
This Year 65 79 65 51 72 60 34 41 34 74
Last Year 55 56 59 38 40 65 43 16 90 73
Normal 79                  
Sorghum Headed and Beyond, Percent                    
This Year 80 93 72 52 96 72 66 93 89 98
Last Year 82 88 89 67 65 70 85 81 85 99
Normal 92                  
Alfalfa Hay 3rd Cutting, Percent                    
This Year 63 70 28 33 76 62 69 94 88 96
Last Year 58 65 20 31 82 70 59 60 84 97
Normal 76                  
Corn Condition                    
Very Poor 2 1 6 1 0 5 2 0 3 2
Poor 7 5 12 5 3 8 10 0 3 10
Fair 26 23 23 41 16 22 38 14 11 24
Good 50 56 35 41 60 56 42 69 31 50
Excellent 15 15 24 12 21 9 8 17 52 14
Soybean Condition                    
Very Poor 3 2 5 1 0 3 3 0 5 5
Poor 6 6 7 7 4 4 8 0 5 9
Fair 30 27 25 33 20 32 40 8 17 36
Good 48 51 44 46 57 53 41 88 27 41
Excellent 13 14 19 13 19 8 8 4 46 9
Sorghum Condition                    
Very Poor 0 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Poor 4 1 11 6 1 0 0 0 0 5
Fair 33 52 36 29 22 45 74 6 11 27
Good 53 43 37 53 68 54 25 90 39 51
Excellent 10 4 10 12 9 1 1 4 50 17
Pasture Condition                    
Very Poor 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0
Poor 3 1 4 4 1 0 6 5 6 3
Fair 28 21 19 34 27 28 39 23 32 69
Good 60 67 69 49 60 59 44 69 55 25
Excellent 9 11 8 12 12 13 11 2 7 3
Average Precipitation 2.58 2.74 4.43 4.73 1.96 2.35 1.71 2.91 1.76 0.82