Over the past week crop continued to deteriorate. According to the latest crop progress report from the Missouri Agriculture Statistics Service 88-percent of the corn crop has silked. That’s 12 days ahead of last year. 43 percent of the crop is in dough stage or beyond which is 17 days ahead of normal. Twelve percent of the crop has dented.
As of Sunday, condition of the state’s corn acreage was rated 72 percent poor to very poor, 21 percent fair, and 7 percent good to excellent. A portion of the corn meant to be harvested for grain, will be cut for silage due to the low yield and to meet the growing demand for livestock feed.
Soybeans blooming and beyond is a week ahead of last year at 45 percent. Seven percent of the crop is setting pods. Soybean condition across the state is rated 59 percent poor to very poor, 31 percent fair and 10 percent good to excellent.
About a fifth of the Sorghum acres were headed as of Sunday. Two percent of the crop is turning color, 8 days ahead of normal. Sorghum condition was rated 47 percent poor to very poor, 40 percent fair and 13 percent good to excellent.
The second cutting of Alfalfa is a month ahead of normal. The third cutting was 26 percent complete as of Sunday. During a time when cattle are in need of forage, the office reports only 1 percent of Missouri pastures are rated in good condition. Supply of hay and other roughage are 72 percent short to very short, 27 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus. Stock water supplies in the central, south-central, and southeast districts were greater than 80 percent short and very short.