Drought continues to hurt MO crops, pastures

Drought in Missouri sees little relief on the week, pushing most crop and field conditions lower.

USDA says corn silking is on pace at 95 percent. Corn doughing is two thirds complete, about even with the average. The crop’s condition continues to fall for the fourth week in a row at 51 percent good to excellent.

Nearly 80 percent of Missouri’s soybean crop is blooming, with nearly half setting pods. Soybeans improved slightly to 49 percent good to excellent.

Missouri cotton squaring progress is slightly behind at 91 percent complete. Missouri cotton’s rating fell to 47 percent good.

Nearly half of the state’s rice crop has headed. Missouri’s rice condition fell to 51 percent good to excellent.

The state’s hay supply is 30 percent short to very short and 66 percent adequate.

Missouri pasture conditions had a mixed week with better ratings on the bottom end and lower ratings on the top end; 79 percent of pastures are rated fair or worse; 20 percent rated good, and one percent rated excellent. Ground conditions are continuing to dry; topsoil moisture is 16 percent very short, 34 percent short, and 50 percent adequate. Subsoil moisture is 16 percent very short, 33 percent short and 51 percent adequate.

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