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Week Ending September 4, 2011

Agricultural Summary

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.  

Field Crops Report

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 & Livestock

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. 

Weather Summary

Precipitation averaged 0.45 of an inch statewide.  All districts averaged less than an inch.  Temperatures ranged from 2 to 6 degrees above average.  

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 September 4, 2011
  Missouri NW NC NE WC C EC SW SC SE
Days Suitable For Fieldwork                    
This Year 6.3 5.0 6.1 6.5 6.6 6.2 6.5 7.0 6.7 6.7
Last Year 4.7 5.2 4.1 4.5 2.8 4.1 4.5 4.4 5.2 6.6
Topsoil Moisture Supply                    
Very Short 32 0 28 68 39 15 52 66 15 34
Short 36 10 36 31 37 42 38 33 54 46
Adequate 30 82 33 1 24 42 10 1 31 19
Surplus 2 8 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
Subsoil Moisture Supply                    
Very Short 22 0 25 34 28 5 38 62 9 30
Short 36 11 25 47 47 40 44 29 59 33
Adequate 41 85 47 19 15 54 18 9 32 36
Surplus 1 4 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
Corn Dented, Percent                    
This Year 94 92 91 95 89 99 89 99 92 98
Last Year 86 79 66 80 89 92 91 100 100 100
Normal 83                  
Corn Mature, Percent                    
This Year 49 33 34 48 69 70 37 96 35 39
Last Year 49 24 23 29 63 40 49 97 71 100
Normal 43                  
Corn Harvested, Percent                    
This Year 11 2 4 5 31 10 7 59 14 9
Last Year 15 2 1 3 12 5 13 43 38 56
Normal 12                  
Soybeans Setting Pods and Beyond, Percent                    
This Year 94 99 89 98 98 96 84 91 93 91
Last Year 93 90 86 94 93 95 92 97 99 96
Normal 90                  
Soybeans Turning Color and Beyond, Percent                    
This Year 13 11 11 24 15 12 17 8 11 9
Last Year 16 18 10 16 7 7 26 10 38 24
Normal 16                  
Sorghum Turning Color and Beyond, Percent                    
This Year 54 89 42 74 63 49 15 50 43 64
Last Year 78 89 18 73 98 66 80 97 94 95
Normal 64                  
Sorghum Mature, Percent                    
This Year 17 67 9 32 32 5 1 2 9 26
Last Year 33 10 5 16 50 11 12 65 62 56
Normal 21                  
Corn Condition                    
Very Poor 19 11 16 18 43 17 11 77 1 8
Poor 23 14 18 33 23 35 28 18 8 15
Fair 27 23 24 38 18 31 32 4 16 30
Good 26 39 37 10 16 16 28 1 42 42
Excellent 5 13 5 1 0 1 1 0 33 5
Soybean Condition                    
Very Poor 13 8 11 14 15 15 17 67 5 6
Poor 19 12 12 37 28 21 22 19 7 13
Fair 30 16 29 40 31 38 37 13 22 31
Good 30 47 38 8 23 24 22 1 32 41
Excellent 8 17 10 1 3 2 2 0 34 9
Sorghum Condition                    
Very Poor 6 0 0 1 3 4 3 30 0 1
Poor 24 1 6 21 55 14 41 61 0 2
Fair 36 6 44 40 42 48 42 9 43 36
Good 33 89 45 36 0 34 14 0 37 59
Excellent 1 4 5 2 0 0 0 0 20 2
Supply of Hay and Other Roughages                    
Very Short 7 0 3 4 16 9 0 10 10 1
Short 22 6 14 17 35 33 17 18 13 62
Adequate 68 90 72 70 49 56 77 72 77 35
Surplus 3 4 11 9 0 2 6 0 0 2
Stock Water Supplies                    
Very Short 7 0 8 8 9 1 3 8 10 58
Short 21 2 10 31 36 17 25 42 14 3
Adequate 71 96 80 57 55 82 72 50 76 39
Surplus 1 2 2 4 0 0 0 0 0 0
Pasture Condition                    
Very Poor 22 1 27 31 39 15 14 43 9 52
Poor 26 6 21 42 32 31 32 28 22 23
Fair 34 24 34 20 23 44 38 29 44 14
Good 16 50 17 6 6 10 16 0 25 11
Excellent 2 19 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Average Precipitation 0.45 0.81 0.74 0.54 0.69 0.63 0.09 0.11 0.03 0.33