Rainstorms traveled across the Show Me state last week dropping hail and much needed precipitation in some areas.  The latest crop progress report from the Missouri Ag Statistics Service shows slow progress in forage harvest due to those rainy conditions.   According to the report, the first cutting of alfalfa only advanced 7 points from last week to 85 percent.  The second cutting of alfalfa has reached 13 percent while other hay progressed 11 points from last week to 55 percent harvested. 

As for row crops, the state’s corn acres improved from last week to 5 percent poor to very poor, 25 percent fair and 70 percent good to excellent. 

However, soybean condition remained similar with 4 percent poor to very poor, 29 percent fair and 67 percent good to excellent.  88 percent of the soybean crop is in the ground.  That’s up 11 points from last week.  Just over three quarters of the crop has emerged

Sorghum was 83 percent planted as of Sunday.  Condition of the crop was 32 percent fair, 65 percent good, and 3 percent excellent.

Wheat harvest is moving along with 25 percent of the crop in the bin.  Wheat condition remained very similar with 20 percent poor to very poor, 30 percent fair and 50 percent good to excellent.