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Week Ending July 24, 2011

Agricultural Summary

Little rainfall and high temperatures decreased corn and soybean crop conditions statewide.  Almost a full week, or 6.8 days, was suitable for fieldworkTopsoil moisture supply continued its’ precipitous decline to 29 percent very short, 42 percent short, 27 percent adequate, and 2 percent surplus.  The southwest district was 90 percent in the very short and short categories, followed closely by the west-central district at 88 percent in the short and very short categories; both districts were more than 50 percent very short for topsoil moisture supply.   

Field Crops Report

Corn silked and beyond was 85 percent, the same as last year, but 2 days ahead of normal (5-year historic average).  Corn dough stage and beyond was 25 percent, 5 days behind last year, and 2 days behind normal.  The southeast district was the most mature with 56 percent in dough stage and beyond.  Corn condition remained fairly good in the southeast with only 23 percent in the poor and very poor categories, only slightly behind the statewide corn condition of 11 percent very poor, 11 percent poor, 23 percent fair, 47 percent good, and 8 percent excellent.  Corn condition in the southwest mirrored the district’s topsoil moisture supply with 83 percent in the poor and very poor categories. Soybeans blooming and beyond were 50 percent, the same as last year, but 3 days ahead of normal.  Soybeans setting pods and beyond was 10 percent, 5 days behind last year, and 3 days behind normal.  Soybean condition was 5 percent very poor, 11 percent poor, 32 percent fair, 46 percent good, and 6 percent excellent.  Cotton squaring and beyond was 92 percent, and cotton setting bolls and beyond was 52 percent.  Cotton condition remained positive with 4 percent very poor, 8 percent poor, 31 percent fair, 53 percent good, and 4 percent excellent.  Rice was 5 percent headed, 16 days behind last year, and 11 days behind normal.  Rice condition was 3 percent very poor, 6 percent poor, 20 percent fair, 49 percent good, and 22 percent excellent. Sorghum headed and beyond was 12 percent, 15 days behind last year, and 13 days behind normal.  Sorghum condition was 1 percent very poor, 6 percent poor, 47 percent fair, 44 percent good, and 2 percent excellent.  Alfalfa hay 2nd cutting was 92 percent complete, 2 weeks ahead of last year, and 10 days ahead of normal.  Alfalfa Hay 3rd cutting was 24 percent, 2 days behind last year, but 5 days ahead of normal.  Other hay cut was 94 percent, 10 days ahead of last year, and 8 days ahead of normal. 

Pasture & Livestock

Pasture condition in the poor and very poor categories increased 10 points from last week to 9 percent very poor, 20 percent poor, 39 percent fair, 31 percent good, and 1 percent excellent. 

Weather Summary

Precipitation averaged 0.10 of an inch statewide although Atchison County received 2.81 inches last week.  Temperatures were 3 to 4 degrees above average in the southeast district with the rest of the state experiencing 4 to 9 degrees above average.    

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 24, 2011
  Missouri NW NC NE WC C EC SW SC SE
Days Suitable For Fieldwork                    
This Year 6.8 6.5 6.9 6.9 7.0 6.7 6.6 7.0 6.8 7.0
Last Year 4.3 4.7 2.3 1.1 5.0 3.9 4.3 6.5 6.0 6.0
Topsoil Moisture Supply                    
Very Short 29 17 18 12 58 35 27 56 19 25
Short 42 39 54 49 30 32 39 34 63 44
Adequate 27 35 24 37 12 32 33 10 18 29
Surplus 2 9 4 2 0 1 1 0 0 2
Corn Silked and Beyond, Percent                    
This Year 85 87 82 88 90 85 60 95 59 92
Last Year 86 82 80 76 83 91 95 100 99 100
Normal 81                  
Corn Dough Stage and Beyond, Percent                    
This Year 25 23 12 18 29 20 8 21 16 56
Last Year 35 18 18 26 21 44 44 56 65 78
Normal 28                  
Soybeans Blooming and Beyond, Percent                    
This Year 50 59 58 59 46 55 25 43 33 38
Last Year 50 55 34 51 40 59 53 35 53 59
Normal 45                  
Soybeans Setting Pods and Beyond, Percent                    
This Year 10 15 12 12 6 10 1 0 9 14
Last Year 17 25 8 5 8 18 18 13 14 31
Normal 13                  
Sorghum Headed and Beyond, Percent                    
This Year 12 24 10 5 31 13 8 4 30 20
Last Year 35 18 9 13 53 45 24 36 66 58
Normal 36                  
Alfalfa Hay 2nd Cutting, Percent                    
This Year 92 87 71 99 100 96 97 100 100 99
Last Year 85 86 68 66 96 95 93 100 100 100
Normal 84                  
Other Hay Cut, Percent                    
This Year 94 94 87 90 97 92 99 97 98 100
Last Year 89 88 83 80 85 90 98 96 96 96
Normal 90                  
Corn Condition                    
Very Poor 11 13 9 4 24 5 2 52 0 6
Poor 11 6 18 7 16 11 4 31 5 17
Fair 23 11 26 36 22 21 27 14 23 30
Good 47 57 40 47 30 58 64 3 22 40
Excellent 8 13 7 6 8 5 3 0 50 7
Soybean Condition                    
Very Poor 5 10 3 3 4 3 2 6 7 5
Poor 11 6 18 11 18 7 2 25 10 9
Fair 32 11 33 38 45 26 32 65 13 38
Good 46 64 42 43 24 56 58 4 16 44
Excellent 6 9 4 5 9 8 6 0 54 4
Sorghum Condition                    
Very Poor 1 0 2 0 5 0 1 6 0 1
Poor 6 1 6 12 14 3 1 10 2 2
Fair 47 3 46 24 66 39 51 72 12 57
Good 44 94 46 61 15 57 42 12 46 39
Excellent 2 2 0 3 0 1 5 0 40 1
Pasture Condition                    
Very Poor 9 3 9 1 28 10 1 18 1 2
Poor 20 5 18 12 27 24 9 31 18 54
Fair 39 37 48 53 33 39 49 38 32 25
Good 31 55 20 32 12 27 40 13 49 17
Excellent 1 0 5 2 0 0 1 0 0 2
Average Precipitation 0.10 0.40 0.02 0.01 0.05 0.03 0.06 0.10 0.10 0.01