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Week Ending August 28, 2011

Agricultural Summary

Dry conditions in the central district reduced crop conditions and hampered pasture growth.  There were 6.5 days suitable for fieldwork statewide.  Topsoil moisture decreased from last week’s reprieve resting at 27 percent very short, 38 percent short, 33 percent adequate, and 2 percent surplus.  The northwest district fared best with topsoil rated 65 percent adequate.  Lack of moisture was a concern for the northeast district with topsoil moisture rated 99 percent short and very short, and the southwest district at 98 percent short and very short.  

Field Crops Report

Corn dough stage and beyond was 95 percent, 5 days ahead of last year and the 5-year historic average (normal).  Corn dented was 84 percent, 6 days ahead of last year, and 8 days ahead of normal. Corn mature was 33 percent, 1 day ahead of last year, and 2 days ahead of normal. The top 3 districts for corn dented were southwest, 98 percent, central, 95 percent, and southeast, 96 percent, but the top 3 districts for corn mature were southwest, 90 percent, central, 50 percent, and the west-central at 58 percent.  Corn harvested was 6 percent, 1 day behind last year, but 1 day ahead of normal. Corn condition was 21 percent very poor, 23 percent poor, 26 percent fair, 26 percent good, and 4 percent excellent, decreasing slightly from last week.  Soybeans blooming and beyond were 97 percent, 2 days ahead of last year, and 3 days ahead of normal.  Soybeans setting pods and beyond were 84 percent, the same as last year, but 2 days ahead of normal.  Soybeans turning color and beyond were 3 percent, 4 days behind last year, and 5 days behind normal. Soybeans in the northeast and east-central districts began to drop leaves.  Soybean condition rated 13 percent very poor, 17 percent poor, 31 percent fair, 31 percent good, and 8 percent excellent; the southwest district rated 66 percent very poor.  Cotton opening bolls was 14 percent, 6 days behind last year, and 5 days behind normal.  Cotton condition was 4 percent very poor, 9 percent poor, 27 percent fair, 57 percent good, and 3 percent excellent.  Rice headed was 78 percent, 19 days behind last year, and 12 days behind normal.  Rice condition was 2 percent very poor, 5 percent poor, 20 percent fair, 49 percent good, and 24 percent excellent.  Sorghum headed and beyond was 93 percent, 2 days behind last year, but 3 days ahead of normal.  Sorghum turning color and beyond was 40 percent, 10 days behind last year, and 1 week behind normal.  Sorghum mature was 9 percent, 4 days behind last year, and 2 days behind normal.  Sorghum condition was 2 percent very poor, 27 percent poor, 36 percent fair, 33 percent good, and 2 percent excellent.  Alfalfa hay 3rd cutting was 88 percent, 3 days ahead of last year, and 8 days behind normal. 

Pasture & Livestock

Pasture condition decreased slightly from last week to 18 percent very poor, 26 percent poor, 37 percent fair, 17 percent good, and 2 percent excellent.  Some producers continued to feed hay. 

Weather Summary

Precipitation averaged 0.26 of an inch statewide.  The northeast and east-central districts reported less than 0.05 of an inch. Temperatures ranged from 1 degree below average to 2 degrees above average. Missouri River water levels in Atchison and Holt Counties remained high even with upriver reservoir water release reductions; seepage remained a problem for bottomlands.  

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 28, 2011
  Missouri NW NC NE WC C EC SW SC SE
Days Suitable For Fieldwork                    
This Year 6.5 6.0 6.1 7.0 6.9 6.2 6.6 7.0 6.4 6.8
Last Year 6.7 6.6 6.1 6.5 6.8 6.6 6.8 7.0 6.5 6.9
Topsoil Moisture Supply                    
Very Short 27 1 25 62 30 11 40 55 10 37
Short 38 24 42 37 46 48 42 43 31 31
Adequate 33 65 30 1 24 41 18 2 59 31
Surplus 2 10 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Corn Dented, Percent                    
This Year 84 74 81 84 77 95 76 98 79 96
Last Year 72 59 58 63 74 77 82 100 99 100
Normal 72                  
Corn Mature, Percent                    
This Year 33 21 12 24 58 50 22 90 25 29
Last Year 31 13 16 13 38 17 27 88 52 93
Normal 28                  
Corn Harvested, Percent                    
This Year 6 0 0 1 22 2 1 37 10 4
Last Year 7 0 0 1 4 1 5 22 36 32
Normal 5                  
Soybeans Setting Pods and Beyond, Percent                    
This Year 84 80 87 90 90 93 63 86 80 80
Last Year 84 79 74 84 83 85 81 92 96 90
Normal 82                  
Sorghum Headed and Beyond, Percent                    
This Year 93 100 99 99 98 90 79 85 100 98
Last Year 94 97 82 92 100 93 99 100 99 100
Normal 91                  
Sorghum Turning Color and Beyond, Percent                    
This Year 40 88 26 49 62 33 12 22 42 56
Last Year 63 60 16 55 90 33 61 92 92 88
Normal 52                  
Alfalfa Hay 3rd Cutting, Percent                    
This Year 88 78 83 99 92 95 80 94 100 100
Last Year 86 84 53 85 98 89 94 100 100 100
Normal 80                  
Corn Condition                    
Very Poor 21 19 18 18 43 16 11 71 1 8
Poor 23 13 22 32 22 34 25 22 8 17
Fair 26 20 26 35 18 31 28 5 17 32
Good 26 38 31 14 16 19 35 2 42 37
Excellent 4 10 3 1 1 0 1 0 32 6
Soybean Condition                    
Very Poor 13 15 13 12 12 11 17 66 3 5
Poor 17 11 13 27 24 21 18 15 7 13
Fair 31 15 32 45 35 36 27 19 17 33
Good 31 43 35 14 25 29 35 0 25 39
Excellent 8 16 7 2 4 3 3 0 48 10
Sorghum Condition                    
Very Poor 2 0 0 1 3 4 0 9 0 1
Poor 27 1 6 21 51 12 41 82 0 2
Fair 36 6 44 40 45 48 41 9 43 36
Good 33 90 44 36 1 36 18 0 32 59
Excellent 2 3 6 2 0 0 0 0 25 2
Pasture Condition                    
Very Poor 18 3 23 24 29 13 12 42 3 54
Poor 26 7 31 42 32 36 27 27 17 11
Fair 37 33 34 25 32 45 44 31 46 13
Good 17 44 11 8 7 6 17 0 34 19
Excellent 2 13 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 3
Average Precipitation 0.26 0.78 0.18 0.04 0.18 0.12 0.02 0.17 0.50 0.11