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Week Ending August 14, 2011

Agricultural Summary

The southwest district enjoyed a reprieve from the oppressively hot conditions with significant rainfall and cooler temperatures.  There were 5.8 days suitable for fieldworkTopsoil moisture began to recover from the oppressively hot dry July conditions, improving 6 points in the very short category to 19 percent very short, 45 percent short, 35 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus.  Although topsoil moisture conditions improved across much of the central and southern portions of the state, the northern districts declined with the northwest now 46 percent short and very short, the north-central at 60 percent short and very short, and the northeast at 94 percent short and very short.

Field Crops Report

Corn dough stage and beyond was 84 percent, 9 days ahead of last year, and 1 week ahead of the 5-year historic average (normal).  Corn dented jumped 26 points from last week to 53 percent, 6 days ahead of last year, and 5 days ahead of normal.  Corn mature was 7 percent, 2 days ahead of last year, and 1 day ahead of normal.  The southwest was 79 percent mature, 54 points ahead of last year, followed by the west-central at 22 percent.  Harvested corn was 1 percent, the same as last year.  Corn condition remained similar to last week with 15 percent very poor, 18 percent poor, 27 percent fair, 34 percent good, and 6 percent excellent.  Condition in the southwest now rated 93 percent poor and very poor.  Soybeans blooming and beyond were 88 percent, 4 days ahead of last year and normal.  Blooming was almost complete in the northeast and west-central districts.  Soybeans setting pods and beyond were 58 percent, 1 day ahead of last year, and 2 days ahead of normal.  Soybean condition remained fairly stable from last week with 9 percent very poor, 16 percent poor, 32 percent fair, 36 percent good, and 7 percent excellent.  Cotton opening bolls was 1 percent, 4 days behind last year, and 8 days behind normal.  Cotton condition also remained fairly stable from last week with 3 percent very poor, 4 percent poor, 33 percent fair, 55 percent good, and 5 percent excellent.  Rice was 41 percent headed, 19 days behind last year, and 13 days behind normal.  Rice condition remained the same as last week with 1 percent very poor, 5 percent poor, 21 percent fair, 49 percent good, and 24 percent excellent.  The late rice planting delayed crop development, and warmer weather is needed for maturation. Sorghum heading and beyond was 64 percent, 10 days behind last year, and 9 days behind normal.  Sorghum heading was complete in the northwest and nearly complete in the west-central.  Sorghum turning color and beyond was 22 percent, 9 days behind last year, and 4 days behind normal.  The northeast, southwest, and south-central districts began to report mature sorghum.  Sorghum condition was 2 percent very poor, 15 percent poor, 46 percent fair, 36 percent good, and 1 percent excellent. Alfalfa hay 3rd cutting was 69 percent, 4 days ahead of last year, and 6 days ahead of normal; however, not all producers will be able to get a 3rd cutting due to the earlier hot dry weather. 

Pasture & Livestock

Pasture condition remained similar to last week with 15 percent very poor, 30 percent poor, 36 percent fair, and 19 percent good.  Many producers continued to feed hay. 

Weather Summary

Precipitation averaged 1.00 inch statewide, and the southwest district averaged over 2 inches.  Temperatures were normal to 4 degrees below normal.  Daily average temperatures were in the mid-70’s.

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 14, 2011
  Missouri NW NC NE WC C EC SW SC SE
Days Suitable For Fieldwork                    
This Year 5.8 5.5 6.4 6.7 6.1 5.8 5.8 5.5 5.8 5.0
Last Year 6.0 6.1 4.8 5.5 6.3 6.1 5.9 6.6 6.4 6.2
Topsoil Moisture Supply                    
Very Short 19 1 21 42 14 20 31 38 9 5
Short 45 45 39 52 61 51 43 45 34 33
Adequate 35 49 37 6 25 29 26 17 57 61
Surplus 1 5 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Corn Dough Stage and Beyond, Percent                    
This Year 84 68 79 83 88 91 76 98 68 97
Last Year 75 62 62 68 64 86 87 99 100 98
Normal 76                  
Corn Dented, Percent                    
This Year 53 35 38 60 58 64 38 94 22 62
Last Year 40 27 22 24 38 37 41 91 82 87
Normal 43                  
Soybeans Blooming and Beyond, Percent                    
This Year 88 94 83 98 96 93 58 87 79 82
Last Year 85 76 78 91 88 88 91 89 95 86
Normal 83                  
Soybeans Setting Pods and Beyond, Percent                    
This Year 58 67 59 65 59 68 17 68 50 51
Last Year 56 54 55 49 47 56 60 62 65 66
Normal 54                  
Sorghum Headed and Beyond, Percent                    
This Year 64 100 75 89 97 55 40 33 78 73
Last Year 80 91 56 78 96 70 86 100 88 90
Normal 77                  
Sorghum Turning Color and Beyond, Percent                    
This Year 22 88 8 19 59 10 0 18 22 34
Last Year 32 12 4 23 54 10 18 68 71 50
Normal 28                  
Alfalfa Hay 3rd Cutting, Percent                    
This Year 69 45 50 91 82 76 63 91 94 98
Last Year 60 53 24 47 75 77 70 98 94 97
Normal 57                  
Corn Condition                    
Very Poor 15 6 9 13 40 16 7 69 1 6
Poor 18 7 11 24 22 33 16 24 9 15
Fair 27 17 24 43 20 26 36 5 20 33
Good 34 53 44 18 17 25 40 2 38 41
Excellent 6 17 12 2 1 0 1 0 32 5
Soybean Condition                    
Very Poor 9 5 10 8 13 11 3 48 3 5
Poor 16 7 9 24 31 29 11 30 7 8
Fair 32 16 28 44 32 33 38 21 21 38
Good 36 58 44 23 20 25 46 1 24 41
Excellent 7 14 9 1 4 2 2 0 45 8
Sorghum Condition                    
Very Poor 2 0 0 0 6 4 1 7 0 1
Poor 15 1 6 21 26 15 3 45 0 2
Fair 46 6 52 38 68 53 54 48 16 42
Good 36 90 41 39 0 28 41 0 52 54
Excellent 1 3 1 2 0 0 1 0 32 1
Pasture Condition                    
Very Poor 15 3 19 8 35 13 3 35 4 2
Poor 30 13 24 38 37 39 20 32 25 54
Fair 36 29 43 42 23 36 50 33 41 24
Good 19 55 14 10 5 12 27 0 30 17
Excellent 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 3
Average Precipitation 1.00 0.82 0.28 0.42 1.32 1.06 0.81 2.04 1.40 0.84