Fire danger was elevated to extreme level due to prolonged above average temperatures coupled with little rainfall. Fires were sparked from machinery and fireworks. Extreme drought created a growing climate that can only be described as bleak. Although there were 6.7 days suitable for fieldwork, topsoil moisture declined to 78 percent very short, 19 percent short, and 3 percent adequate. Subsoil moisture was 70 percent very short, 26 percent short, and 4 percent adequate.
Corn silked was 75 percent, 10 days ahead of last year, and 2 weeks ahead of normal (5-year average). Corn dough stage and beyond was 21 percent, 2 weeks ahead of last year and normal. Corn condition was 28 percent very poor, 32 percent poor, 28 percent fair, 11 percent good, and 1 percent excellent. Soybeans blooming and beyond were 30 percent, 8 days ahead of last year, and 10 days ahead of normal. Soybeans setting pods and beyond were 3 percent, 4 and 5 days ahead of last year and normal. Soybean condition was 23 percent very poor, 31 percent poor, 33 percent fair, 12 percent good, and 1 percent excellent. Cotton squaring and beyond was 79 percent, 1 week ahead of last year, and 4 days ahead of normal. Cotton setting bolls and beyond was 12 percent, 4 days ahead of last year, but 4 days behind normal. Cotton condition was 12 percent very poor, 30 percent poor, 41 percent fair, 15 percent good, and 2 percent excellent. Rice headed 4 percent, 2 weeks ahead of last year, and 5 days ahead of normal. Rice condition was 5 percent poor, 23 percent fair, 52 percent good, and 20 percent excellent. Sorghum headed and beyond was 17 percent, 18 days ahead of last year, and 9 days ahead of normal. Sorghum turning color and beyond began in 3 districts. Alfalfa hay 2nd cutting was 94 percent, 20 days ahead of last year, and 30 days ahead of normal. Alfalfa hay 3rd cutting was 19 percent, 2 weeks ahead of last year, and 3 weeks ahead of normal. Other hay cut was 96 percent, one month ahead of last year and normal.
Pasture condition declined to 48 percent very poor, 39 percent poor, 12 percent fair, and 1 percent good. Supply of hay and other roughages was 24 percent very short, 41 percent short, 34 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus. Stock water supplies were 29 percent very short, 41 percent short, and 30 percent adequate.
Temperatures were 5 to 10 degrees above average. Precipitation averaged 0.28 of an inch. Perry County received 3.24 inches.
|District Summaries As Of July 8, 2012|
|Days Suitable For Fieldwork|
|Topsoil Moisture Supply|
|Subsoil Moisture Supply|
|Corn Silked and Beyond, Percent|
|Corn Dough Stage and Beyond, Percent|
|Soybeans Blooming and Beyond, Percent|
|Sorghum Headed and Beyond, Percent|
|Alfalfa Hay 3rd Cutting, Percent|
|Supply of Hay and Other Roughages|
|Stock Water Supplies|