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Week Ending August 19, 2012

Agricultural Summary

Although temperatures remained cool, little to no precipitation left producers seeking water for livestock.  Clear skies meant 6.9 days suitable for fieldwork.  Topsoil moisture supply remained a dramatic 90 percent very short, 9 percent short, and 1 percent adequate.  Subsoil moisture supply followed suit at 90 percent very short, 9 percent short, and 1 percent adequate. 

Field Crops Report

Corn dough stage and beyond was 96 percent, 11 days ahead of last year, and 16 days ahead of normal (5-year average).  Corn dented was 85 percent, 10 days ahead of 2011, and 18 days ahead of normal.  Corn mature was 51 percent, 17 days ahead of last year, and over 3 weeks ahead of normal.  Corn harvested for grain was 18 percent, 3 weeks ahead of last year, and 24 days ahead of normal.  Silage harvest continued, and aflatoxin was a concern in the northern part of the state.  Corn condition remained similar to last week at 56 percent very poor, 28 percent poor, 12 percent fair, 3 percent good, and 1 percent excellent.  Soybeans blooming and beyond were 96 percent, 1 week ahead of last year, and 11 days ahead of normal.  Soybeans setting pods and beyond were 76 percent, 5 days ahead of last year, and 7 days ahead of normal.  Soybeans turning color were 4 percent, 10 days ahead of last year, and 1 week ahead of normal, and plants were just beginning to drop leaves.  Condition was 43 percent very poor, 35 percent poor, 15 percent fair, 6 percent good, and 1 percent excellent.  Cotton setting bolls and beyond were 95 percent, 2 weeks behind last year, and 5 days behind normal.  Cotton opening bolls was 19 percent, 11 days ahead of last year, and 8 days ahead normal.  Cotton condition was 11 percent very poor, 30 percent poor, 41 percent fair, 16 percent good, and 2 percent excellent.  Rice headed 88 percent, 2 weeks ahead of last year, and 10 days ahead of normal.  Harvest began with rice condition at 5 percent poor, 23 percent fair, 52 percent good, and 20 percent excellent.  Sorghum headed and beyond was 89 percent, 7 days ahead of last year, and 8 days ahead of normal.  Sorghum turning color and beyond was 39 percent, 9 days ahead of last year, and 6 days ahead of normal.  Sorghum mature was 5 percent 4 days ahead of last year, and 5 days ahead of normal.  Sorghum condition was 27 percent very poor, 36 percent poor, 27 percent fair, and 10 percent good.  Alfalfa hay 3rd cutting was 63 percent, 8 days behind last year, and 1 day behind normal.

Pasture & Livestock

Pasture condition declined from last week to 87 percent very poor, 12 percent poor, and 1 percent fair.  Supply of hay and other roughages remained dire at 59 percent very short, 30 percent short, and 11 percent adequate.  High nitrates remained a concern for forages.  Some producers were selling off livestock early.  Stock water supplies dropped to 69 percent very short, 25 percent short, and 6 percent adequate. 

Weather Summary

Temperatures were 4 degrees to 6 degrees below average.  Precipitation averaged 0.38 of an inch.  The south-central district averaged 1.22 inches.

         

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 August 19, 2012
  Missouri NW NC NE WC C EC SW SC SE
Days Suitable For Fieldwork                    
This Year 6.9 6.9 7.0 6.9 7.0 6.8 6.3 7.0 6.8 6.9
Last Year 5.2 3.9 3.7 7.0 4.9 4.2 5.7 6.4 5.6 6.6
Topsoil Moisture Supply                    
Very Short 90 93 89 99 91 99 86 91 91 69
Short 9 7 11 1 9 1 14 9 6 24
Adequate 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 7
Surplus 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Subsoil Moisture Supply                    
Very Short 90 91 88 98 92 99 89 100 95 62
Short 9 9 10 2 8 1 11 0 5 32
Adequate 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 6
Surplus 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Corn Mature, Percent                    
This Year 51 34 24 27 75 79 54 98 100 65
Last Year 13 3 7 4 39 10 4 83 4 5
Normal 8                  
Corn Harvested, Percent                    
This Year 18 5 8 6 43 24 22 59 39 23
Last Year 2 0 0 0 13 1 0 14 3 0
Normal 1                  
Soybeans Setting Pods and Beyond, Percent                    
This Year 76 93 72 83 46 89 73 84 90 67
Last Year 68 72 70 77 70 78 32 80 71 59
Normal 61                  
Sorghum Headed and Beyond, Percent                    
This Year 89 82 86 97 86 88 74 100 100 91
Last Year 75 100 87 95 97 66 58 50 92 77
Normal 79                  
Alfalfa Hay 3rd Cutting, Percent                    
This Year 63 68 35 66 93 72 88 65 72 98
Last Year 78 62 59 96 85 82 73 94 99 98
Normal 65                  
Corn Condition                    
Very Poor 56 50 63 66 61 80 50 42 42 32
Poor 28 29 28 25 35 16 32 43 26 27
Fair 12 18 9 9 4 4 14 15 18 18
Good 3 3 0 0 0 0 4 0 14 16
Excellent 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7
Soybean Condition                    
Very Poor 43 49 41 42 55 69 30 53 32 26
Poor 35 38 45 40 37 24 43 34 25 29
Fair 15 11 11 17 8 7 21 13 24 26
Good 6 2 3 1 0 0 6 0 19 17
Excellent 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Sorghum Condition                    
Very Poor 27 28 39 5 39 50 32 66 47 15
Poor 36 31 36 29 41 39 48 32 19 35
Fair 27 41 24 34 20 11 19 2 19 34
Good 10 0 1 32 0 0 1 0 15 15
Excellent 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Supply of Hay and Other Roughages                    
Very Short 59 65 43 47 53 65 57 41 75 76
Short 30 28 46 39 38 25 39 23 25 24
Adequate 11 7 11 13 9 10 4 36 0 0
Surplus 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Stock Water Supplies                    
Very Short 69 60 49 41 60 86 75 69 80 71
Short 25 34 40 42 26 14 22 22 20 18
Adequate 6 6 11 16 14 0 3 9 0 11
Surplus 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Pasture Condition                    
Very Poor 87 92 83 78 88 93 76 92 84 75
Poor 12 8 16 18 12 7 19 8 16 22
Fair 1 0 1 4 0 0 5 0 0 3
Good 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Excellent 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Average Precipitation 0.38 0.00 0.11 0.23 0.21 0.18 0.53 0.30 1.22 0.46