The latest crop progress report from the Missouri Agriculture Statistics Service shows the states crops are progressing at a fast clip while topsoil moisture continued to decline.  Missouri corn acres are rated 10 percent poor to very poor, 31 percent fair and 59 percent good to excellent.
Just over four-fifths of the state’s soybean acres were planted as of Sunday.  That’s just over three weeks ahead of average.  More than half the crop has emerged.
Sorghum planting was 79 percent, also more than 3 weeks ahead of the normal pace.  The crop is rated 12 percent poor to very poor, 48 percent fair and 40 percent good to excellent.
The majority of winter wheat is turning color and harvest continues through southern Missouri.  14% of the crop is in the bin, 18 days ahead of last year.  The crop is rated 11 percent poor to very poor, 24 percent fair and 65 percent good to excellent.
The first cutting of alfalfa is 87 percent complete while 7% of the second cutting has already wrapped up.
Other hay cut has reached 58 percent, 25 days ahead of last year.  Re-growth of those acres has been slow due to the lack of moisture.
Pastures are also struggling under the warm dry weather.  Acreage is rated 28 percent poor to very poor, 39 percent fair and 33 percent good to excellent.  Some farmers in south-central Missouri have started reducing herds and selling calves early due to water shortage and pasture conditions.