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Week Ending July 22, 2012

Agricultural Summary

No rain equated to 6.9 days suitable for fieldwork.  Now experiencing extreme drought, statewide topsoil moisture rated 90 percent very short, 9 percent short, and only 1 percent adequate.  Subsoil moisture was 85 percent very short, 14 percent short, and 1 percent adequate.  Grass fires continue to be a concern.  Well pumps have been lowered to account for dropping ground water levels.

Field Crops Report

Corn silked and beyond was 95 percent, 13 days ahead of last year and 18 days ahead of normal (5-year average).  Corn dough stage and beyond was 61 percent, 15 days ahead of last year, and 17 days ahead of normal.  Corn dented was 26 percent, 16 days ahead of last year, and 18 days ahead of normal.  Corn condition rated 48 percent very poor, 31 percent poor, 16 percent fair, 4 percent good, and 1 percent excellent.  Rain will not help most of the corn crop at this point.  Some producers cut silage and baled corn to salvage it due to low yields.  Soybeans blooming and beyond were 60 percent, 1 week ahead of last year, and 10 days ahead of normal.  Soybeans setting pods and beyond were 16 percent, 5 days ahead of last year and normal.  Soybean condition was 31 percent very poor, 37 percent poor, 24 percent fair, 7 percent good, and 1 percent excellent.  Extreme drought conditions and excessive heat prevented some soybeans from flowering, and there were several reports of soybeans not setting pods.  Cotton squaring and beyond was 98 percent, 8 days ahead of last year, and 1 week ahead of normal.  Cotton setting bolls and beyond was 31 percent, 4 days behind last year, and 9 days behind normal.  Cotton condition was 12 percent very poor, 31 percent poor, 42 percent fair, 13 percent good, and 2 percent excellent.  Rice headed was 22 percent, 16 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 47 percent, 16 days ahead of last year, and 11 days ahead of normal.  Sorghum turning color and beyond was 7 percent, 16 days ahead of last year, and 11 days ahead of normal.  Sorghum condition was 19 percent very poor, 34 percent poor, 35 percent fair, 11 percent good, and 1 percent excellent.  Alfalfa hay 3rd cutting was 36 percent, 10 days ahead of last year, and 2 weeks ahead of normal.  Many areas were not able to have a 3rd cutting due to the drought.   

Pasture & Livestock

Pasture condition dropped to 74 percent very poor, 22 percent poor, and only 4 percent adequate.  Supply of hay and other roughages was 39 percent very short, 40 percent short, and 21 percent adequate.  Stock water supplies were 48 percent very short, 36 percent short, and 16 percent adequate.  Large ponds have dropped several feet, and small ponds were getting low. 

Weather Summary

Temperatures were 4 to 8 degrees above average around the state except the southeast district was 2 to 4 degrees above average.  Precipitation averaged 0.05 of an inch.    

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 22, 2012
  Missouri NW NC NE WC C EC SW SC SE
Days Suitable For Fieldwork                    
This Year 6.9 7.0 6.9 7.0 7.0 6.8 6.1 7.0 7.0 6.8
Last Year 6.8 6.5 6.9 6.9 7.0 6.7 6.6 7.0 6.8 7.0
Topsoil Moisture Supply                    
Very Short 90 89 86 98 92 96 92 93 92 70
Short 9 10 14 2 8 4 8 7 8 24
Adequate 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6
Surplus 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Subsoil Moisture Supply                    
Very Short 85 81 79 95 86 96 82 93 96 58
Short 14 17 20 5 14 4 18 7 4 37
Adequate 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5
Surplus 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Corn Dough Stage and Beyond, Percent                    
This Year 61 53 48 49 77 65 47 97 49 80
Last Year 21 19 9 14 23 15 7 18 11 52
Normal 21                  
Corn Dented, Percent                    
This Year 26 19 21 8 27 39 16 79 32 41
Normal 0                  
Soybeans Blooming and Beyond, Percent                    
This Year 60 77 71 68 57 53 50 41 80 50
Last Year 45 54 55 51 39 50 24 38 26 34
Normal 39                  
Soybeans Setting Pods and Beyond, Percent                    
This Year 16 24 22 16 1 9 14 20 50 16
Last Year 9 15 11 9 4 8 1 0 6 11
Normal 9                  
Sorghum Headed and Beyond, Percent                    
This Year 47 70 13 50 59 41 37 83 75 45
Last Year 10 23 9 4 27 11 7 4 23 15
Normal 24                  
Alfalfa Hay 3rd Cutting, Percent                    
This Year 36 13 6 38 83 56 57 43 25 90
Last Year 19 1 3 29 30 29 22 63 44 62
Normal 11                  
Corn Condition                    
Very Poor 48 30 56 56 58 63 40 41 41 33
Poor 31 29 30 31 33 29 31 41 23 28
Fair 16 33 14 13 9 6 16 18 26 18
Good 4 7 0 0 0 2 13 0 10 14
Excellent 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7
Soybean Condition                    
Very Poor 31 31 35 29 21 52 26 40 35 27
Poor 37 39 41 31 48 32 42 37 23 31
Fair 24 26 21 34 29 16 19 23 29 24
Good 7 3 3 6 2 0 13 0 13 16
Excellent 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Sorghum Condition                    
Very Poor 19 22 22 4 15 26 26 26 47 19
Poor 34 45 33 19 46 41 49 35 19 34
Fair 35 33 42 40 39 29 24 39 19 31
Good 11 0 3 33 0 4 1 0 15 15
Excellent 1 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 1
Supply of Hay and Other Roughages                    
Very Short 39 58 40 24 22 44 47 11 59 49
Short 40 33 43 35 55 31 40 50 36 51
Adequate 21 9 17 37 23 25 13 39 5 0
Surplus 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0
Stock Water Supplies                    
Very Short 48 30 33 22 40 65 54 36 66 69
Short 36 46 45 42 32 29 38 46 31 17
Adequate 16 24 22 34 28 6 8 18 3 14
Surplus 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Pasture Condition                    
Very Poor 74 71 68 66 71 83 77 66 76 80
Poor 22 26 25 25 25 14 20 30 24 18
Fair 4 3 7 7 4 3 3 4 0 1
Good 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1
Excellent 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Average Precipitation 0.05 0.01 0.09 0.03 0.03 0.04 0.10 0.01 0.06 0.11