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Week Ending August 26, 2012

Agricultural Summary

Western districts enjoyed some precipitation, but the rest of the state remained dry.  There were 6.4 days suitable for fieldwork allowing harvest of nearly half a million corn acres.  Topsoil moisture improved to 85 percent very short, 11 percent short, and 4 percent adequate but remaining significantly below the 5-year average of 15 percent very short, 27 percent short, 53 percent adequate, and 5 percent surplus.    Subsoil moisture supply was 88 percent very short, 11 percent short, and 1 percent adequate.

Field Crops Report

Corn dented was 93 percent, 8 days ahead of last year, and 3 weeks ahead of normal (5-year average).  Corn mature was 67 percent, 15 days ahead of 2011 and 23 days ahead of normal.  Corn harvested now at 32 percent, was 22 days ahead of last year, and 27 days ahead of normal.  Corn moisture at harvest was 16.8 percent ranging from 18.9 percent in the north-central to 13.2 percent in the west-central district.  Corn condition declined to 58 percent very poor, 27 percent poor, 11 percent fair, 3 percent good, and 1 percent excellent.  Soybeans setting pods and beyond were 85 percent, 3 days ahead of last year, and 6 days ahead of normal.  Soybeans turning color and beyond were 13 percent, 9 days ahead of last year, and 8 days ahead of normal.  Soybeans dropping leaves and beyond were 3 percent, 9 days ahead of last year, and 6 days ahead of normal.  Soybean condition declined to 46 percent very poor, 32 percent poor, 15 percent fair, 6 percent good, and 1 percent excellent.  Cotton opening bolls was 32 percent, 8 days ahead of last year, and 6 days ahead of normal.  Cotton condition was 10 percent very poor, 30 percent poor, 40 percent fair, 18 percent good, and 2 percent excellent.  Rice headed was 95 percent, 16 days ahead of last year, and 12 days ahead of normal.  Rice harvested was 6 percent, 12 days ahead of last year, and 6 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 92 percent, 2 days ahead of last year, and 5 days ahead of normal.  Sorghum turning color and beyond was 51 percent, 8 days ahead of last year, and 6 days ahead of normal.  Sorghum mature was 12 percent, 5 days ahead of last year, and 4 days ahead of normal.  Sorghum harvest began, a week ahead of last year but on track with normal.  Sorghum condition was 26 percent very poor, 37 percent poor, 27 percent fair, and 10 percent good.  Alfalfa hay 3rd cutting was 66 percent, 2 weeks behind last year, and 1 week behind normal.   

Pasture & Livestock

Pasture condition declined from last week to 89 percent very poor, 10 percent poor, and 1 percent fair.  Supply of hay and other roughages declined to 63 percent very short, 27 percent short, and 10 percent adequate.  Some producers continued to wean calves early and sell them for slaughter.  Stock water supplies dropped to 70 percent very short, 24 percent short, and 6 percent adequate.  Prolonged precipitation was needed to salvage pasture and replenish stock water supplies.

Weather Summary

Temperatures were 4 degrees below to 3 degrees above average.  Precipitation averaged 0.56 of an inch statewide.  The northwest district averaged 1.94 inches with Holt County receiving 5.69 inches.

NASS is currently conducting our annual September surveys on crops and livestock. In the first two weeks of September, NASS is surveying U.S. small grains growers for final production.  We are also asking hog producers about their summer pig crop, next year’s farrowing intentions, and current inventory. The responses will provide the foundation for 2012 production estimates. All participating farmers should respond. Your information matters!

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 26, 2012
  Missouri NW NC NE WC C EC SW SC SE
Days Suitable For Fieldwork                    
This Year 6.4 5.7 6.6 6.5 6.2 6.6 6.3 6.0 6.7 7.0
Last Year 6.5 6.0 6.1 7.0 6.9 6.2 6.6 7.0 6.4 6.8
Topsoil Moisture Supply                    
Very Short 85 77 90 96 83 97 79 58 98 73
Short 11 15 10 3 17 3 15 20 2 23
Adequate 4 8 0 1 0 0 6 22 0 4
Surplus 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Subsoil Moisture Supply                    
Very Short 88 83 90 98 88 97 86 75 98 66
Short 11 14 10 2 12 3 11 25 2 29
Adequate 1 3 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 5
Surplus 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Corn Mature, Percent                    
This Year 67 53 45 45 87 94 65 100 100 85
Last Year 28 16 11 19 55 39 17 89 19 22
Normal 19                  
Corn Harvested, Percent                    
This Year 32 11 17 13 73 47 30 78 46 41
Last Year 5 0 0 1 20 2 1 31 8 3
Normal 3                  
Soybeans Setting Pods and Beyond, Percent                    
This Year 85 94 77 95 68 93 75 96 94 84
Last Year 81 78 83 88 85 90 56 86 80 75
Normal 76                  
Soybeans Turning Color and Beyond, Percent                    
This Year 13 13 4 14 21 18 13 10 14 10
Last Year 2 1 2 6 2 3 11 1 3 1
Normal 4                  
Sorghum Turning Color and Beyond, Percent                    
This Year 51 44 21 78 44 31 10 68 92 66
Last Year 36 88 22 43 61 29 9 21 41 50
Normal 41                  
Sorghum Mature, Percent                    
This Year 12 7 3 20 7 5 0 10 87 19
Last Year 7 60 0 11 12 0 0 1 8 12
Normal 7                  
Corn Condition                    
Very Poor 58 51 75 67 61 82 46 45 47 19
Poor 27 31 19 25 34 15 33 40 24 27
Fair 11 16 6 8 5 3 16 15 18 21
Good 3 2 0 0 0 0 5 0 11 24
Excellent 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9
Soybean Condition                    
Very Poor 46 47 59 55 56 71 23 55 34 23
Poor 32 39 32 28 39 22 39 32 23 30
Fair 15 12 9 16 5 7 30 13 30 26
Good 6 2 0 1 0 0 8 0 13 19
Excellent 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Sorghum Condition                    
Very Poor 26 22 41 5 43 52 25 37 47 14
Poor 37 31 41 31 41 39 46 36 19 35
Fair 27 47 18 35 16 9 26 27 19 34
Good 10 0 0 29 0 0 3 0 15 16
Excellent 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Supply of Hay and Other Roughages                    
Very Short 63 67 50 49 52 72 79 45 80 74
Short 27 28 41 39 40 19 19 16 20 26
Adequate 10 5 9 11 8 9 2 39 0 0
Surplus 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Stock Water Supplies                    
Very Short 70 60 56 49 60 88 71 73 85 72
Short 24 34 33 38 28 12 23 18 15 20
Adequate 6 6 11 12 12 0 6 9 0 8
Surplus 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Pasture Condition                    
Very Poor 89 92 88 83 89 96 85 95 87 73
Poor 10 8 12 15 11 4 11 5 13 24
Fair 1 0 0 2 0 0 4 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
Corn Moisture at Harvest, Percent                    
This Year 16.8 18.2 18.9 17.9 13.2 16.0 16.6 13.3 17.5 18.0
Average Precipitation 0.56 1.94 0.43 0.17 0.91 0.26 0.13 0.75 0.23 0.12