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Week Ending July 18, 2010

Agricultural Summary

Drier conditions and more days in the field led to increased alfalfa and hay cuttings. The southeast and south-central districts saw improvement in both the corn and soybean crops due to the much needed precipitation received in those areas. There were 4.9 days suitable for fieldwork. Topsoil moisture was rated 3 percent very short, 14 percent short, 73 percent adequate and 10 percent surplus. Improvement was seen in the south-central and southeast districts as topsoil moisture went from at least 66 percent short to very short to at least 43 percent this week.

Field Crops Report

Corn silked and beyond was 74 percent complete, 6 days ahead of last year and a day ahead of the 5-year average (normal). Twenty-three percent of the corn was in the dough stage, 8 days ahead of last year and 3 days ahead of normal. Corn condition was rated 5 percent very poor, 16 percent poor, 31 percent fair, 40 percent good, and 8 percent excellent, similar to a week earlier. Soybean acreage was nearly fully emerged. Soybean blooming and beyond was 35 percent complete, just over 4 days ahead of last year, but a day behind normal. Nine percent of the soybeans were setting pods, 8 days ahead of last year and 2 days ahead of normal. Soybean condition was rated 5 percent very poor, 12 percent poor, 37 percent fair, 38 percent good, and 8 percent excellent, slightly better than last week. Cotton squaring reached 97 percent, 16 days ahead of a year earlier and 8 days ahead of normal. Cotton setting bolls and beyond was 52 percent complete, up 20 points from a week earlier. This is just over 8 days ahead of last year and 2 days ahead of normal. Cotton condition, virtually unchanged from last week, was rated 3 percent very poor, 14 percent poor, 25 percent fair, 55 percent good, and 3 percent excellent. Rice was 18 percent headed, 24 days ahead of last year and 4 days ahead of normal. Rice condition improved from a week earlier to 3 percent poor, 12 percent fair, 53 percent good, and 32 percent excellent. Sorghum headed and beyond moved to 24 percent complete, 6 days ahead of last year, but similar to normal. Three percent of the sorghum was turning color, most of which took place in the southwest and southeast districts. This is a week ahead of last year and 5 days ahead of normal. Sorghum condition was rated 2 percent very poor, 6 percent poor, 32 percent fair, 48 percent good, and 12 percent excellent, similar to a week earlier. Winter wheat harvest was virtually complete. Showing the most progress was the northwest district, which went from 81 to 98 percent complete. The second cutting of alfalfa was 77 percent complete, up 13 points from last week. This is just ahead of last year, but a day behind normal. The northern third of the State made the most progress with the northwest and north-central districts up 15 points and the northeast district up 29 points from a week earlier. The third cutting of alfalfa, up 11 points, was 16 percent complete. This is 15 days ahead of last year and 5 days ahead of normal. Other hay was 87 percent cut, 4 days ahead of last year, but 2 days behind normal. The north-central and northeast districts went up at least 19 points from last week.

Pasture & Livestock

Pasture condition was rated 9 percent very poor, 10 percent poor, 29 percent fair, 43 percent good, and 9 percent excellent, similar to last week. This year, 52 percent was rated good to excellent, compared with 68 percent last year and 41 percent for the 5-year average. Although pasture condition in the south-central district improved somewhat, it was still rated 66 percent poor to very poor.

Weather Summary

Temperatures were normal to 2 degrees above normal in the Bootheel, and 2 to 4 degrees above normal throughout the remainder of the State. Rainfall averaged 1.59 inches Statewide. The southwest district received the most rainfall with 2.59 inches while the north-central and northeast districts averaged less than an inch. Howell county reported the most precipitation with 5.44 inches of rainfall.

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 July 18, 2010
  Missouri NW NC NE WC C EC SW SC SE
Days Suitable For Fieldwork                    
This Year 4.9 4.0 5.3 5.5 4.8 5.0 5.1 4.7 4.9 5.1
Last Year 5.1 5.2 5.7 4.8 4.7 4.4 4.5 5.9 5.3 5.8
Topsoil Moisture Supply                    
Very Short 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 18 9
Short 14 0 9 8 7 13 23 16 30 34
Adequate 73 92 81 65 84 75 60 82 51 56
Surplus 10 8 10 27 9 12 14 1 1 1
Corn Dough Stage and Beyond, Percent                    
This Year 23 3 7 19 12 31 17 28 36 83
Last Year 7 8 3 1 8 3 4 11 11 19
Normal 17                  
Soybeans Blooming and Beyond, Percent                    
This Year 35 28 25 36 24 47 46 24 30 45
Last Year 26 29 24 21 22 28 23 3 19 36
Normal 36                  
Sorghum Headed and Beyond, Percent                    
This Year 24 3 3 2 38 31 18 17 48 57
Last Year 14 15 24 2 10 15 7 31 29 16
Normal 24                  
Alfalfa Hay 2nd Cutting, Percent                    
This Year 77 60 55 64 92 87 93 100 100 100
Last Year 75 69 38 62 85 84 91 95 99 97
Normal 79                  
Other Hay Cut, Percent                    
This Year 87 86 81 79 83 85 95 95 93 97
Last Year 85 87 64 71 78 89 90 94 94 99
Normal 88                  
Corn Condition                    
Very Poor 5 6 14 4 2 4 1 0 1 6
Poor 16 20 27 19 11 7 13 1 25 17
Fair 31 30 35 47 23 31 30 6 33 24
Good 40 32 21 25 51 53 47 89 27 46
Excellent 8 12 3 5 13 5 9 4 14 7
Soybean Condition                    
Very Poor 5 3 9 3 1 3 3 0 7 8
Poor 12 13 20 11 5 4 9 2 26 18
Fair 37 29 44 50 26 37 28 12 37 42
Good 38 52 24 27 47 51 50 74 27 27
Excellent 8 3 3 9 21 5 10 12 3 5
Sorghum Condition                    
Very Poor 2 1 4 0 1 0 0 0 12 9
Poor 6 1 10 2 5 3 2 5 1 14
Fair 32 33 42 40 18 43 27 14 23 36
Good 48 61 44 47 69 52 65 21 64 40
Excellent 12 4 0 11 7 2 6 60 0 1
Pasture Condition                    
Very Poor 9 0 0 1 0 1 5 5 46 3
Poor 10 0 9 5 1 7 12 14 20 45
Fair 29 30 33 43 34 29 31 17 21 40
Good 43 54 44 36 48 53 47 59 13 12
Excellent 9 16 14 15 17 10 5 5 0 0
Average Precipitation 1.59 1.76 0.72 0.83 1.90 1.48 1.28 2.59 2.22 1.42