ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Temperatures last week averaged 79.2 degrees, .7 degrees above normal. Precipitation averaged .81 inches statewide, .03 inches above normal. There were 6.1 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending July 22, 2018. Topsoil moisture supply was rated 41 percent very short, 36 percent short, and 23 percent adequate. Subsoil moisture supply was rated 40 percent very short, 32 percent short, and 28 percent adequate.
Corn silking was 95 percent last week, 12 percentage points ahead of the 5 year average.. Corn dough progressed to 51 percent, 28 percentage points ahead of the 5 year average. Corn condition was rated7 percent very poor, 14 percent poor, 44 percent fair, 29 percent good, and 6 percent excellent.
Soybean blooming progressed to 69 percent, 27 percentage points ahead of the 5 year average. Soybeans setting pods progressed to 32 percent, 10 percentage points ahead of last year. Soybean condition was rated 4 percent very poor, 13 percent poor, 35 percent fair, 41 percent good, and 7 percent excellent.
Sorghum headed progressed at 46 percent, 16 percentage points ahead of the previous week. Sorghum turning color progressed to 5 percent. Sorghum condition was rated 1 percent very poor, 18 percent poor, 38 percent fair, 40 percent good, and 3 percent excellent.
Pasture conditions in Missouri were rated 30 percent very poor, 37 percent poor, 26 percent fair, and 7 percent good. Hay and other roughage supply was rated 42 percent very short, 41 percent short, and 17 percent adequate.