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Week Ending July 15, 2012

Agricultural Summary

Corn crop condition declined precipitously while soybeans hung on for a good rain.  Although there were widely scattered showers across the eastern 2/3 of the state, continued dry weather allowed 6.6 days suitable for fieldwork.  Although unthinkable, topsoil moisture declined to 84 percent very short, 14 percent short, and 2 percent adequate.  Creek beds, streams, and pools were dry.  Subsoil moisture followed suit with 78 percent very short, 20 percent short, and 2 percent adequate.  

Field Crops Report

Corn silked was 88 percent, 12 days ahead of last year, and 15 days ahead of normal.  Corn dough stage and beyond was 43 percent, 15 days ahead of last year, and 17 days ahead of normal.  Corn dented 12 percent, 16 days ahead of last year, and 18 days ahead of normal.  Corn condition was 38 percent very poor, 34 percent poor, 21 percent fair, 6 percent good, and 1 percent excellent.  The northeast, west-central, central, and southwest districts rated 80 percent or greater poor and very poor.  A portion of the corn meant to be harvested for grain, will be cut for silage due to the low yield and to meet the growing demand for livestock feed.  Soybeans blooming and beyond were 45 percent, 1 week ahead of 2011 and 10 days ahead of normal.  Soybeans setting pods and beyond were 7 percent, 4 days ahead of last year, and 5 days ahead of normal.  Soybean condition was 25 percent very poor, 34 percent poor, 31 percent fair, 9 percent good, and 1 percent excellent.  The northwest and central districts rated 70 percent poor and very poor, followed by the north-central district at 60 percent poor and very poor.  Cotton squaring and beyond was 90 percent, 8 days ahead of last year, and 3 days ahead of normal.   Cotton setting bolls and beyond was 19 percent, 1 day behind last year, and 6 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 was 9 percent, 15 days ahead of last year, and 3 days ahead of normal.  Rice condition was 5 percent poor, 23 percent fair, 52 percent good, and 20 percent excellent.  Sorghum headed was 31 percent, 17 days ahead of last year, and 11 days ahead of normal.  Sorghum turning color was 2 percent, 16 days ahead of last year, and 8 days ahead of normal.  Sorghum condition was 14 percent very poor, 33 percent poor, 40 percent fair, 12 percent good, and 1 percent excellent.  Alfalfa hay 2nd cutting was 97 percent, 18 days ahead of last year, and 30 days ahead of normal.  Alfalfa hay 3rd cutting was 26 percent complete, 11 days ahead of last year, and 17 days ahead of normal.  Extreme drought limited 3rd cutting in some areas. 

Pasture & Livestock

Pasture condition now 60 percent very poor, 32 percent poor, 7 percent fair, and 1 percent good, was reported to have ‘burned up’ in many areas of the state.  Supply of hay and other roughages was 33 percent very short, 39 percent short, 27 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus.  Stock water supplies were 36 percent very short, 41 percent short, and 23 percent adequate.  The central, south-central, and southeast districts were greater than 80 percent short and very short.  

Weather Summary

Temperatures were 1 to 4 degrees above average around the state except the southeast district enjoyed 2 to 4 degrees below average.  Precipitation averaged 0.61 of an inch.  Butler County received 4.48 inches of rainfall. 

Audio Commentary

Weekly Crop Progress and Condition Audio Commentary is available 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 July 15, 2012
  Missouri NW NC NE WC C EC SW SC SE
Days Suitable For Fieldwork                    
This Year 6.6 7.0 6.8 6.7 6.9 6.7 6.1 7.0 7.0 6.1
Last Year 6.3 6.4 6.0 6.3 6.6 5.9 6.3 6.6 6.1 6.8
Topsoil Moisture Supply                    
Very Short 84 86 75 96 86 92 88 71 92 63
Short 14 12 23 4 13 7 12 29 6 29
Adequate 2 2 2 0 1 1 0 0 2 7
Surplus 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Subsoil Moisture Supply                    
Very Short 78 54 71 92 80 92 80 68 97 53
Short 20 42 26 7 19 8 20 32 3 41
Adequate 2 4 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 6
Surplus 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Corn Silked and Beyond, Percent                    
This Year 88 79 74 84 96 93 90 100 90 99
Last Year 65 64 64 54 72 66 52 77 32 78
Normal 61                  
Corn Dough Stage and Beyond, Percent                    
This Year 43 36 25 34 52 44 30 79 49 59
Last Year 8 6 1 3 6 3 4 8 0 31
Normal 9                  
Soybeans Blooming and Beyond, Percent                    
This Year 45 43 62 45 40 53 33 24 56 41
Last Year 27 31 41 27 19 30 17 19 5 20
Normal 25                  
Soybeans Setting Pods and Beyond, Percent                    
This Year 7 4 13 4 0 6 5 5 22 10
Last Year 5 10 6 1 0 1 0 0 0 4
Normal 4                  
Sorghum Headed and Beyond, Percent                    
This Year 31 46 4 24 45 32 25 86 31 38
Last Year 4 17 6 1 14 4 3 2 3 1
Normal 14                  
Alfalfa Hay 3rd Cutting, Percent                    
This Year 26 9 2 30 66 25 40 56 21 86
Last Year 6 0 0 15 11 11 6 6 21 3
Normal 5                  
Corn Condition                    
Very Poor 38 23 35 43 45 53 40 32 42 31
Poor 34 34 35 37 38 30 27 50 24 29
Fair 21 33 26 19 14 15 16 18 23 20
Good 6 10 4 1 3 2 17 0 11 13
Excellent 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7
Soybean Condition                    
Very Poor 25 31 25 23 11 39 19 21 35 24
Poor 34 39 35 33 40 31 38 27 23 31
Fair 31 28 34 37 37 29 28 48 29 27
Good 9 2 6 7 12 1 15 4 13 16
Excellent 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Sorghum Condition                    
Very Poor 14 22 16 2 20 16 18 1 47 19
Poor 33 45 30 21 49 33 50 13 19 34
Fair 40 33 43 41 30 45 30 85 19 31
Good 12 0 11 32 1 6 2 1 15 15
Excellent 1 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 1
Supply of Hay and Other Roughages                    
Very Short 33 57 29 16 11 25 32 7 69 49
Short 39 28 40 36 52 43 51 28 29 51
Adequate 27 15 30 42 37 32 17 65 2 0
Surplus 1 0 1 6 0 0 0 0 0 0
Stock Water Supplies                    
Very Short 36 24 23 14 27 42 39 11 62 69
Short 41 41 46 36 44 44 40 46 33 15
Adequate 23 35 31 45 29 14 21 43 5 16
Surplus 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
Pasture Condition                    
Very Poor 60 44 58 49 38 71 65 28 76 80
Poor 32 53 29 35 49 23 29 45 24 18
Fair 7 3 12 12 13 6 5 27 0 1
Good 1 0 1 4 0 0 1 0 0 1
Excellent 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Average Precipitation 0.61 0.05 0.71 0.84 0.04 0.63 0.78 0.16 0.89 1.59