The entire farm sector continues to struggle as more rain is needed for every commodity produced in the state.  This summer’s lack of moisture also has crops maturing earlier than usual.  According the latest crop report from the Missouri Ag Statistics Service 85 percent of the crop was dented as of Sunday.  That’s ten days ahead of 2011, and 18 days ahead of normal.  Just over half the crop is considered mature, 17 days ahead of last year, and over 3 weeks ahead of average.  Almost a fifth of the states crop is in the bin, 24 days ahead of normal.  Corn condition remained similar to last week with 84 percent rated poor to very poor, 12 percent fair and 4 percent good to excellent.
Just over three-quarters of the bean crop was setting pods as of Sunday, a week ahead of average.  Soybeans turning color has reached 4 percent, some plants are just beginning to drop leaves.  Soybean condition is 78 percent poor to very poor, 15 percent fair and 7 percent good to excellent.
Sorghum headed and beyond was 89 percent, 7 days ahead of last year, and 8 days ahead of normal.  Thirty nine percent of the crop is turning color.  Sorghum maturity reached 5 percent as of Sunday.  Condition of the crops is rated 63 percent poor to very poor, 27 percent fair, and 10 percent good.  Alfalfa hay 3rd cutting has reached 63 percent, 8 days behind last year, and 1 day behind normal.