Warm weather with little precipitation allowed for 6.3 days suitable for fieldwork statewide. Topsoil moisture continued to decline with 32 percent very short, 36 percent short, 30 percent adequate, and 2 percent surplus. Although the northwest fared best with 82 percent adequate, hail and wind damage were reported. Subsoil moisture supply was 22 percent very short, 36 percent short, 41 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus. Notably, drought continued in the southwest and west-central districts and was also now prevalent in the northeast district.
Corn dented was 94 percent, 8 days ahead of last year, and 2 weeks ahead of the 5-year historic average (normal). Corn mature was 49 percent the same as last year, but 4 days ahead of normal. Corn harvested was 11 percent, 3 days behind last year, and 1 day behind normal. Due to the late planting and dry summer, the southeast district was 9 percent harvested compared to 56 percent in 2010 and 13 percent in 2009. Corn condition was 19 percent very poor, 23 percent poor, 27 percent fair, 26 percent good, and 5 percent excellent. Soybeans setting pods and beyond was 94 percent, 1 day ahead of last year, and 6 days ahead of normal. Soybeans turning color and beyond were 13 percent, 2 days behind last year and normal. The southeast was well behind last year due to the late planting, but the northeast, west-central, and central districts were ahead of last year due to the dry summer. Soybeans dropping leaves and beyond was 3 percent, 2 days behind last year and normal. Similarly the northeast development continued ahead of last year while the southeast was behind last year. Soybean condition was 13 percent very poor, 19 percent poor, 30 percent fair, 30 percent good, and 8 percent excellent. Cotton opening bolls was 36 percent, 6 days behind last year, and 2 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 92 percent, 18 days behind last year, and 1 week behind normal. Rice harvested was 3 percent, 13 days behind last year, and 1 week behind normal. Rice condition was 2 percent very poor, 5 percent poor, 20 percent fair, 49 percent good, and 24 percent excellent. Sorghum headed was 98 percent, the same as last year, but 6 days ahead of normal. Sorghum turning color was 54 percent, 11 days behind last year, and 6 behind normal. Sorghum mature was 17 percent, 1 week behind last year, and 3 days behind last year. The west-central and south-central began harvesting sorghum. Sorghum condition was 6 percent very poor, 24 percent poor, 36 percent fair, 33 percent good, and 1 percent excellent. Alfalfa hay 3rd cutting was 90 percent, 1 day behind last year, but 5 days ahead of normal.
Pasture condition continued to decline with 22 percent very poor, 26 percent poor, 34 percent fair, 16 percent good, and 2 percent excellent. Supply of hay and other roughages was 7 percent very short, 22 percent short, 68 percent adequate, and 3 percent surplus. Producers across the northeast as well as all central and southern districts reported feeding hay to livestock. Stock water supplies were 7 percent very short, 21 percent short, 71 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus.
Precipitation averaged 0.45 of an inch statewide. All districts averaged less than an inch. Temperatures ranged from 2 to 6 degrees above average.
|District Summaries As Of September 4, 2011|
|Days Suitable For Fieldwork|
|Topsoil Moisture Supply|
|Subsoil Moisture Supply|
|Corn Dented, Percent|
|Corn Mature, Percent|
|Corn Harvested, Percent|
|Soybeans Setting Pods and Beyond, Percent|
|Soybeans Turning Color and Beyond, Percent|
|Sorghum Turning Color and Beyond, Percent|
|Sorghum Mature, Percent|
|Supply of Hay and Other Roughages|
|Stock Water Supplies|