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.
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 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.
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.
|District Summaries As Of August 28, 2011|
|Days Suitable For Fieldwork|
|Topsoil Moisture Supply|
|Corn Dented, Percent|
|Corn Mature, Percent|
|Corn Harvested, Percent|
|Soybeans Setting Pods and Beyond, Percent|
|Sorghum Headed and Beyond, Percent|
|Sorghum Turning Color and Beyond, Percent|
|Alfalfa Hay 3rd Cutting, Percent|