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Week Ending August 7, 2011

Agricultural Summary

The heat continued accompanied by high winds and spotty rainshowers.  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. 

Field Crops Report

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 & Livestock

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.   

Weather Summary

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. 

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 7, 2011
  Missouri NW NC NE WC C EC SW SC SE
Days Suitable For Fieldwork                    
This Year 5.7 5.3 5.9 7.0 6.0 5.7 5.7 7.0 5.9 4.3
Last Year 6.6 6.5 6.7 6.3 7.0 6.6 5.8 6.2 6.6 6.9
Topsoil Moisture Supply                    
Very Short 25 1 15 31 50 25 37 71 22 9
Short 39 36 34 60 37 50 39 12 29 43
Adequate 34 55 46 9 13 25 23 17 49 46
Surplus 2 8 5 0 0 0 1 0 0 2
Corn Dough Stage and Beyond, Percent                    
This Year 65 48 55 64 78 78 68 92 49 76
Last Year 63 51 43 53 53 76 79 97 94 88
Normal 63                  
Corn Dented, Percent                    
This Year 27 17 18 29 19 36 13 86 13 38
Last Year 24 12 11 8 27 15 26 67 49 59
Normal 27                  
Soybeans Blooming and Beyond, Percent                    
This Year 79 88 80 92 91 83 39 77 54 61
Last Year 75 68 63 80 76 82 75 84 83 81
Normal 73                  
Soybeans Setting Pods and Beyond, Percent                    
This Year 37 49 45 44 26 48 8 11 22 25
Last Year 42 37 33 33 43 44 38 43 40 60
Normal 39                  
Sorghum Headed and Beyond, Percent                    
This Year 49 96 50 78 83 40 35 29 68 34
Last Year 74 74 39 74 84 65 79 96 84 80
Normal 67                  
Sorghum Turning Color and Beyond, Percent                    
This Year 7 2 3 6 19 1 0 2 12 15
Last Year 25 3 1 6 46 3 14 47 36 45
Normal 17                  
Alfalfa Hay 3rd Cutting, Percent                    
This Year 53 39 31 73 73 58 56 82 70 97
Last Year 50 39 17 27 52 68 52 95 89 96
Normal 44                  
Corn Condition                    
Very Poor 15 11 12 10 34 13 4 69 1 6
Poor 17 7 13 22 26 26 7 18 13 19
Fair 25 15 25 45 23 26 28 11 26 31
Good 36 51 42 21 17 35 58 2 28 37
Excellent 7 16 8 2 0 0 3 0 32 7
Soybean Condition                    
Very Poor 9 9 10 7 12 7 3 45 7 5
Poor 15 7 9 20 37 23 6 31 12 10
Fair 32 15 32 46 36 36 27 24 20 40
Good 37 55 40 26 15 32 61 0 20 40
Excellent 7 14 9 1 0 2 3 0 41 5
Sorghum Condition                    
Very Poor 2 0 0 0 4 2 2 7 0 1
Poor 20 1 6 21 48 12 4 58 2 2
Fair 42 6 53 34 43 50 31 35 20 54
Good 35 90 40 43 5 36 61 0 46 42
Excellent 1 3 1 2 0 0 2 0 32 1
Pasture Condition                    
Very Poor 16 4 11 5 46 16 3 33 6 25
Poor 30 12 17 26 29 36 22 41 40 30
Fair 36 31 48 53 23 39 48 26 32 26
Good 18 52 22 14 2 9 27 0 22 18
Excellent 0 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 1
Average Precipitation 0.86 0.43 0.44 0.31 1.04 1.50 0.61 0.41 1.26 1.35