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Week Ending August 21, 2011

Agricultural Summary

General rainfall was received over much of the State with the exception of the southwest district and the eastern edge of the state. The northwest district reported hail and high winds damaging crops and structures.  There were 5.2 days suitable for fieldworkTopsoil moisture supplies were rated 19 percent very short, 37 percent short, 41 percent adequate, and 3 percent surplus.   Topsoil moisture conditions improved across the state except for the northeast, southwest and southeast districts.

Field Crops Report

Corn dough stage and beyond was 91 percent, 1 week ahead of last year and the 5-year historic average (normal).  Corn dented was 70 percent complete, 6 days ahead of last year and normal.  Corn mature was 15 percent, with the west-central district advancing 24 points to 46 percent.  Harvested corn was 3 percent, while the southwest and west-central districts are 16 percent harvested.  Corn condition declined to 18 percent very poor, 21 percent poor, 27 percent fair, 29 percent good, and 5 percent excellent. The northwest district reported 29 percent of the corn in poor to very poor condition compared to 13 percent last week, mainly due to major storm damage received during the week.  Soybeans blooming and beyond were at 94 percent, 6 days ahead of last year and 5 days ahead of normal.  Soybeans setting pods and beyond were at 72 percent, 2 days ahead of last year, and normal. Soybeans are just beginning to turn color. Soybean condition was 10 percent very poor, 17 percent poor, 31 percent fair, 34 percent good, and 8 percent excellent.  Cotton opening bolls was 5 percent, 7 days behind last year, and 8 days behind normal.  Cotton condition was 4 percent very poor, 7 percent poor, 27 percent fair, 57 percent good, and 5 percent excellent.  Rice was 62 percent headed, 19 days behind last year, and 11 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.  Sorghum heading and beyond was 79 percent, 8 days behind last year, and 6 days behind normal.  Sorghum turning color and beyond was 27 percent, 13 days behind last year, and 8 days behind normal.  Sorghum maturing reached 3 percent complete, 3 days behind last year and 2 days behind normal.  Sorghum condition was 3 percent very poor, 18 percent poor, 43 percent fair, 35 percent good, and 1 percent excellent. Alfalfa hay 3rd cutting was 81 percent, same as last year, but 1 week ahead of normal. 

Pasture & Livestock

Pasture condition improved last week to 15 percent very poor, 27 percent poor, 38 percent fair, 18 percent good and 2 percent excellent.  Pasture conditions rated good to excellent is at 20 percent compared to the normal of 38 percent.

Weather Summary

Precipitation averaged 1.50 inches statewide with the northwest and central districts averaging over 2.66 and 2.45 inches respectively. Jackson, Nodaway, and Platte counties reported 4 inches or more of precipitation.  Temperatures were normal to 2 degrees below 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 21, 2011
  Missouri NW NC NE WC C EC SW SC SE
Days Suitable For Fieldwork                    
This Year 5.2 3.9 3.7 7.0 4.9 4.2 5.7 6.4 5.6 6.6
Last Year 5.8 5.2 5.0 5.5 6.4 5.3 5.3 7.0 7.0 6.1
Topsoil Moisture Supply                    
Very Short 19 1 16 48 21 10 20 37 8 20
Short 37 15 28 49 41 37 46 61 30 37
Adequate 41 71 52 3 36 53 34 2 62 41
Surplus 3 13 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 2
Corn Dough Stage and Beyond, Percent                    
This Year 91 83 85 91 92 97 86 99 86 99
Last Year 82 66 67 84 80 91 96 100 100 100
Normal 84                  
Corn Dented, Percent                    
This Year 70 56 58 73 68 83 55 96 56 81
Last Year 55 32 35 47 55 53 74 98 91 98
Normal 58                  
Soybeans Blooming and Beyond, Percent                    
This Year 94 99 91 99 99 97 80 90 94 91
Last Year 89 79 87 96 95 93 96 99 99 89
Normal 91                  
Soybeans Setting Pods and Beyond, Percent                    
This Year 72 74 74 82 74 82 38 85 79 62
Last Year 67 58 61 72 65 67 65 78 91 74
Normal 68                  
Sorghum Headed and Beyond, Percent                    
This Year 79 100 92 98 97 71 65 57 98 78
Last Year 89 95 70 87 100 82 95 100 94 96
Normal 86                  
Alfalfa Hay 3rd Cutting, Percent                    
This Year 81 65 61 97 85 83 75 94 100 98
Last Year 81 69 47 79 92 82 87 100 99 100
Normal 71                  
Corn Condition                    
Very Poor 18 14 13 13 41 16 8 70 0 6
Poor 21 15 16 26 24 31 20 22 8 16
Fair 27 19 25 43 19 27 29 6 14 30
Good 29 38 39 16 15 26 40 2 44 42
Excellent 5 14 7 2 1 0 3 0 34 6
Soybean Condition                    
Very Poor 10 11 9 9 11 11 3 49 0 5
Poor 17 13 11 25 23 25 13 30 0 10
Fair 31 16 31 44 36 34 32 21 4 32
Good 34 45 40 20 25 28 46 0 37 43
Excellent 8 15 9 2 5 2 6 0 59 10
Sorghum Condition                    
Very Poor 3 0 0 1 2 5 1 8 0 1
Poor 18 1 6 20 46 15 20 40 0 2
Fair 43 6 44 38 51 50 52 52 12 36
Good 35 90 45 39 1 30 26 0 56 60
Excellent 1 3 5 2 0 0 1 0 32 1
Pasture Condition                    
Very Poor 15 4 16 17 26 11 7 36 3 25
Poor 27 6 22 37 35 36 20 34 21 31
Fair 38 26 42 35 31 46 45 30 42 23
Good 18 48 19 10 8 7 28 0 34 15
Excellent 2 16 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 6
Average Precipitation 1.50 2.67 1.95 0.34 1.98 2.45 0.69 0.40 1.22 0.37