The heat continued accompanied by high winds and spotty rain showers. There were 5.7 days suitable for fieldwork. Statewide topsoil moisture continued to improve, increasing 5 points in the adequate category to 25 percent very short, 39 percent short, 34 percent adequate, and 2 percent surplus. Although the south-central and southeast districts experienced gains in topsoil moisture, the northeast shifted downward to 91 percent short and very short, followed by the west-central district holding fairly constant from last week with 87 percent short and very short.
Corn silked and beyond was 98 percent, 1 week ahead of last year and normal (5-year historic average). Corn in the dough stage and beyond was 65 percent, the same as last year and normal. Corn dented was 27 percent with the southwest 86 percent followed by the southeast district (Bootheel) at 38 percent. This was 1 day ahead of last year, but the same as normal. Corn condition was 15 percent very poor, 17 percent poor, 25 percent fair, 36 percent good, and 7 percent excellent, increasing 4 points in the very poor and poor categories. Soybeans blooming and beyond were 79 percent, 2 days ahead of last year, and 4 days ahead of normal. The northeast district and west-central districts were over 90 percent bloomed. Soybean condition was 9 percent very poor, 15 percent poor, 32 percent fair, 37 percent good, and 7 percent excellent. The southwest district was 76 percent poor and very poor, improving 15 points from last week. Cotton finished setting bolls. Cotton condition improved slightly to 4 percent very poor, 4 percent poor, 32 percent fair, 55 percent good, and 5 percent excellent. Rice headed was 22 percent, 19 days behind last year, and 15 days behind normal. Rice condition held pretty steady at 1 percent very poor, 5 percent poor, 21 percent fair, 49 percent good, and 24 percent excellent. Sorghum headed and beyond was 49 percent, 9 days behind last year and normal. The northwest district was 96 percent headed followed by the west-central district at 83 percent. Sorghum turning color and beyond was 7 percent, 11 days behind last year, and 8 days behind normal. Sorghum condition was 2 percent very poor, 20 percent poor, 42 percent fair, 35 percent good, and 1 percent excellent. Alfalfa hay 3rd cutting was 53 percent, 1 day ahead of last year, and 4 days ahead of normal.
Pasture condition continued to decline with 16 percent very poor, 30 percent poor, 36 percent fair, and 18 percent good. Across the state, some producers fed hay.
Precipitation averaged 0.86 of an inch statewide although Phelps and Laclede Counties received more than 3 inches. Temperatures were 3 to 4 degrees above average in the Bootheel with the rest of the state 5 to 8 degrees above normal.
|District Summaries As Of August 7, 2011|
|Days Suitable For Fieldwork|
|Topsoil Moisture Supply|
|Corn Dough Stage and Beyond, Percent|
|Corn Dented, Percent|
|Soybeans Blooming and Beyond, Percent|
|Soybeans Setting Pods and Beyond, Percent|
|Sorghum Headed and Beyond, Percent|
|Sorghum Turning Color and Beyond, Percent|
|Alfalfa Hay 3rd Cutting, Percent|