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Through Aug. 19
Unseasonably cool temperatures continue across the state for the fourth straight week. Crop losses along the Gasconade River were reported due to recent flooding. There were 5.6 days suitable for fieldwork. Topsoil moisture supply was 15 percent very short, 26 percent short, 52 percent adequate and 7 percent surplus. The north-central, northeast, and northwest districts were rated 87 percent, 79 percent, and 73 percent short and very short. Subsoil moisture supply was 10 percent very short, 27 percent short, 59 percent adequate and 4 percent surplus.
Field Crops Report
Seventy-five percent of corn was in the dough stage, 22 days behind last year and 4 days behind normal (5-year average). Corn dented was 34 percent complete, 28 days behind last year and 9 days behind normal. Corn mature was 2 percent, 24 days behind last year and 22 days behind normal. Corn in the southeast district was 13 percent mature. Corn condition was 6 percent very poor, 14 percent poor, 33 percent fair, 39 percent good, and 8 percent excellent. Soybeans blooming were 82 percent complete, 15 days behind last year and 5 days behind normal. Soybeans setting pods was 49 percent complete, 10 days behind last year and 5 days behind normal. Soybean condition was 5 percent very poor, 11 percent poor, 35 percent fair, 42 percent good, and 7 percent excellent. Alfalfa hay 3rd cutting was 61 percent, 13 days behind last year but the same as normal.
Pasture & Livestock
Pasture conditions were 2 percent very poor, 8 percent poor, 35 percent fair, 43 percent good, and 12 percent excellent. Supply of hay and other roughages was 6 percent short, 80 percent adequate and 14 percent surplus. Stock water supplies were 1 percent very short, 7 percent short, 85 percent adequate and 7 percent surplus.
Temperatures were 6 to 10 degrees below average across the state. Precipitation averaged 0.35 of an inch statewide. The southeast district reported 0.73 inches. Schuyler County reported 2.00 inches..
NASS reports: www.nass.usda.gov/Statistics_by_State/Missouri/Publications/