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.
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 condition is rated 3 percent poor, 28 percent fair, 60 percent good, and 9 percent excellent, a slight improvement over last week.
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.
|District Summaries As Of August 23, 2009|
|Days Suitable For Fieldwork|
|Topsoil Moisture Supply|
|Corn Dented, Percent|
|Soybeans Blooming and Beyond, Percent|
|Soybeans Setting Pods and Beyond, Percent|
|Sorghum Headed and Beyond, Percent|
|Alfalfa Hay 3rd Cutting, Percent|