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Week Ending August 30, 2009

Agricultural Summary

Unseasonably cool temperatures continue across the State. Statewide, topsoil moisture is rated 1 percent very short, 11 percent short, 79 percent adequate, and 9 percent surplus. Topsoil moisture rated adequate to surplus is 88 percent compared to 62 percent last year and a normal of 59 percent. There were 5.6 days suitable for fieldwork.

Field Crops Report

Ninety-one percent of the corn is in the dough stage, 7 day ahead of last year but 7 days behind normal. Corn dent is 66 percent complete, 5 days ahead of last year but 10 days behind the normal of 82 percent. Thirteen percent of the corn is mature, 4 days ahead of last year but 14 days behind a normal of 42 percent. Corn condition is rated 2 percent very poor, 7 percent poor, 27 percent fair, 48 percent good, and 16 percent excellent. Soybean blooming is at 95 percent, 8 days ahead of last year but 7 days behind a normal of 98 percent. Eighty-one percent are setting pods, 9 days ahead of last year but 6 days behind normal. Soybeans turning color is 4 percent, 1 day ahead of last year but 8 days behind the normal of 13 percent. Some soybeans have begun to drop leaves. Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS) was reported in soybeans in the west-central and east-central districts. Soybean condition is rated 3 percent very poor, 7 percent poor, 28 percent fair, 48 percent good, and 14 percent excellent. Cotton has set bolls on 99 percent of this year’s crop. Cotton opening bolls is at 2 percent, 12 days behind last year and 22 days behind normal. Cotton condition is 12 percent poor, 32 percent fair, 50 percent good, and 6 percent excellent. Rice heading is 72 percent complete, 17 days behind last year and 20 days behind the normal of 98 percent. Rice condition is rated 4 percent poor, 16 percent fair, 55 percent good, and 25 percent excellent. Sorghum heading is 87 percent, the same as last year but 13 days behind a normal of 95 percent. Sorghum turning color is 42 percent complete, 3 days ahead of last year but 10 days behind normal. Sorghum mature is at 10 percent, 8 days ahead of last year but 3 days behind normal. Sorghum condition is rated 4 percent poor, 31 percent fair, 56 percent good, and 9 percent excellent. The third cutting of alfalfa is 75 percent complete, the same as last year but 8 days behind normal.

Pasture & Livestock

Pasture condition is rated 3 percent poor, 28 percent fair, 59 percent good, and 10 percent excellent. Pasture condition rated good to excellent is 69 percent compared to 56 percent last year and a normal of 33 percent.

Weather Summary

Temperatures averaged 5 to 9 degrees below average across the State. Rainfall averaged 0.43 of an inch for the week. The north-central district recorded the most precipitation with 1.15 inches, while the driest districts were the west-central, southwest, and south-central at less than 0.10 of an inch. Mercer county reported 4.05 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 30, 2009
  Missouri NW NC NE WC C EC SW SC SE
Days Suitable For Fieldwork                    
This Year 5.6 5.1 4.6 4.1 6.4 6.0 5.2 6.5 6.9 6.3
Last Year 6.1 6.1 5.5 5.6 6.6 5.4 6.2 6.9 6.3 7.0
Topsoil Moisture Supply                    
Very Short 1 0 0 0 1 0 4 0 1 5
Short 11 1 0 0 15 1 20 19 27 32
Adequate 79 83 81 72 81 96 73 81 70 59
Surplus 9 16 19 28 3 3 3 0 2 4
Corn Dented, Percent                    
This Year 66 70 59 34 61 81 47 83 95 94
Last Year 55 63 34 31 48 61 32 43 92 98
Normal 82                  
Corn Mature, Percent                    
This Year 13 7 9 4 9 8 8 26 23 44
Last Year 9 4 3 2 5 6 0 8 5 36
Normal 42                  
Soybeans Setting Pods and Beyond, Percent                    
This Year 81 92 85 63 81 78 68 77 73 85
Last Year 67 69 73 57 56 75 64 30 95 85
Normal 89                  
Sorghum Turning Color and Beyond, Percent                    
This Year 42 20 20 8 41 29 14 44 83 84
Last Year 37 48 25 24 31 23 15 15 48 93
Normal 62                  
Alfalfa Hay 3rd Cutting, Percent                    
This Year 75 72 51 52 83 85 87 98 95 97
Last Year 76 74 41 54 96 85 79 78 95 99
Normal 84                  
Corn Condition                    
Very Poor 2 2 6 1 0 4 3 0 3 1
Poor 7 6 12 6 4 7 10 0 3 10
Fair 27 25 22 43 20 26 30 13 11 24
Good 48 51 32 39 57 55 44 71 30 47
Excellent 16 16 28 11 19 8 13 16 53 18
Soybean Condition                    
Very Poor 3 1 5 1 0 3 2 0 5 5
Poor 7 7 10 8 3 4 10 0 5 11
Fair 28 25 23 36 22 27 29 5 17 35
Good 48 51 41 44 56 58 44 91 27 39
Excellent 14 16 21 11 19 8 15 4 46 10
Sorghum Condition                    
Very Poor 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Poor 4 0 12 8 2 0 0 0 0 5
Fair 31 51 34 33 21 36 52 5 11 29
Good 56 47 39 50 66 63 42 93 40 52
Excellent 9 2 10 9 11 1 6 2 49 14
Pasture Condition                    
Very Poor 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Poor 3 2 4 5 1 0 2 3 9 2
Fair 28 20 27 35 24 21 38 28 34 71
Good 59 66 65 48 61 64 51 65 48 24
Excellent 10 12 4 12 14 15 9 3 9 3
Average Precipitation 0.43 1.03 1.15 0.74 0.06 0.15 0.29 0.07 0.09 0.32