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Week Ending July 29, 2012

Agricultural Summary

Scattered showers swept the northern portion of the state and the southeast district.  There were 6.4 days suitable for fieldworkTopsoil moisture remained the same as last week at 90 percent very short, 9 percent short, and 1 percent adequate.  Subsoil moisture also remained the same at 85 percent very short, 14 percent short, and 1 percent adequate.

Field Crops Report

Corn dough stage and beyond was 79 percent, 14 days ahead of last year, and 20 days ahead of normal (5-year average).  Corn dented was 48 percent, 15 days ahead of last year, and 20 days ahead of normal.  Corn mature was 9 percent, 18 days ahead of last year, and 3 weeks ahead of normal.  Corn condition was 54 percent very poor, 29 percent poor, 12 percent fair, 4 percent good, and 1 percent excellent.  Harvesting corn for silage continued.  Soybeans blooming and beyond were 74 percent, 1 week ahead of last year, and 11 days ahead of normal.  Soybeans setting pods and beyond were 27 percent, 3 days ahead of last year, and 5 days ahead of normal.  Soybean condition was 35 percent very poor, 37 percent poor, 21 percent fair, 6 percent good, and 1 percent excellent.  Cotton setting bolls and beyond were 40 percent, 8 days behind last year, and 12 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 44 percent, 17 days ahead of last year, and 9 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 57 percent, 13 days ahead of last year, and 8 days ahead of normal.  Sorghum turning color and beyond was 12 percent, 12 days ahead of last year, and 8 days ahead of normal.  Sorghum condition was 24 percent very poor, 35 percent poor, 31 percent fair, 9 percent good, and 1 percent excellent.  Alfalfa hay 3rd cutting was 45 percent, 6 days ahead of last year and 12 days ahead of normal. Few areas have been able to produce a 3rd cutting for alfalfa due to the drought.   

Pasture & Livestock

Pasture condition decreased to 83 percent very poor, 15 percent poor, and only 2 percent adequate.  Supply of hay and other roughages was 47 percent very short, 39 percent short, and 14 percent adequate.  Stock water supplies were 58 percent very short, 33 percent short, and 9 percent adequate.  Hay supplies going into the fall were a concern due to lack of suitable pasture and early hay feeding due to drought.  Water supplies in the southern portion of the state remained a concern for some producers. 

Weather Summary

Temperatures were 5 to 8 degrees above average around the state except the southeast district was 2 to 4 degrees above average.  Precipitation averaged 0.48 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 29, 2012
  Missouri NW NC NE WC C EC SW SC SE  
Days Suitable For Fieldwork                      
This Year 6.4 6.3 6.6 6.5 6.9 6.7 5.5 7.0 6.8 5.7  
Last Year 6.3 5.5 5.2 6.4 6.8 6.6 6.4 7.0 6.6 7.0  
Topsoil Moisture Supply                      
Very Short 90 89 86 95 93 97 90 100 96 64  
Short 9 11 14 5 7 3 10 0 4 24  
Adequate 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 12  
Surplus 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0  
Subsoil Moisture Supply                      
Very Short 85 71 83 94 89 97 87 100 99 57  
Short 14 28 16 6 11 3 13 0 1 36  
Adequate 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 7  
Surplus 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0  
Corn Dented, Percent                      
This Year 48 53 34 32 56 58 34 96 56 55  
Last Year 9 4 6 6 2 11 4 16 8 16  
Normal 6                    
Soybeans Blooming and Beyond, Percent                      
This Year 74 85 82 81 71 74 78 61 83 58  
Last Year 61 78 72 70 52 66 33 54 45 42  
Normal 54                    
Soybeans Setting Pods and Beyond, Percent                      
This Year 27 38 32 26 6 22 36 47 53 26  
Last Year 21 37 31 22 10 24 3 6 18 15  
Normal 20                    
Sorghum Headed and Beyond, Percent                      
This Year 57 75 24 71 67 51 56 84 93 55  
Last Year 24 60 26 21 47 32 15 16 55 24  
Normal 39                    
Alfalfa Hay 3rd Cutting, Percent                      
This Year 45 31 12 44 85 62 67 53 33 92  
Last Year 33 14 12 41 42 49 38 81 55 79  
Normal 20                    
Corn Condition                      
Very Poor 54 38 63 63 61 71 51 61 39 33  
Poor 29 33 27 28 35 24 27 34 34 28  
Fair 12 23 10 9 4 4 14 5 16 18  
Good 4 4 0 0 0 1 8 0 11 14  
Excellent 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7  
Soybean Condition                      
Very Poor 35 36 37 33 32 56 23 64 33 26  
Poor 37 40 40 32 51 30 48 28 25 30  
Fair 21 21 19 31 16 14 23 8 29 25  
Good 6 3 4 4 1 0 6 0 13 17  
Excellent 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2  
Supply of Hay and Other Roughages                      
Very Short 47 53 41 32 34 51 60 26 70 51  
Short 39 38 48 34 50 34 34 45 30 49  
Adequate 14 9 11 31 16 15 6 29 0 0  
Surplus 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0  
Stock Water Supplies                      
Very Short 58 42 42 28 52 70 66 53 80 70  
Short 33 46 43 49 32 24 29 43 19 17  
Adequate 9 12 15 22 16 6 5 4 1 13  
Surplus 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0  
Pasture Condition                      
Very Poor 83 77 72 73 78 88 81 82 90 82  
Poor 15 22 23 20 21 11 19 15 10 16  
Fair 2 1 5 6 1 1 0 3 0 1  
Good 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1  
Excellent 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0  
Average Precipitation 0.48 0.71 0.75 0.72 0.35 0.26 0.26 0.00 0.53 0.86