As more of Missouri slides into greater stages of drought, crop conditions continue to follow suit.  The weekly USDA Drought Monitor has almost half of Missouri’s pastures in poor or very poor condition, while only 18 percent are in good condition.  That’s a five-point drop from last week and 49 points below last year’s conditions.  Only 18 percent of Missouri farmers say they have enough hay in stock, and 60 percent say they have enough stock water supplies.  69 percent of topsoil and 64 percent of subsoil is lacking adequate moisture.  Farmers had 6.5 days suitable for fieldwork.

Corn considered in good or excellent condition has dipped back below 50 percent, with 17 percent of the crop in poor or very poor.  Soybeans are level with last week, as 48 percent is good or excellent against 16 percent poor or very poor.  Milo conditions slipped to 44 percent good or excellent versus 10 percent poor.  The decreasing conditions have overshadowed the faster-than-average crop progress across the state.  76 percent of corn has tasseled, compared to 47 percent last year.  43 percent of soybeans have bloomed, and four percent have already set pods.  That’s twice the amount at this point a year ago.  18 percent of sorghum is headed, and one percent is already coloring.  Wheat harvest is 95 percent complete, while 72 percent of alfalfa has been cut a second time and 91 percent of other hay has been cut.

Crop conditions are also starting to weaken in the Bootheel.  Rice in poor condition jumped five points to 15 percent, while 62 percent of the crop is good or excellent.  More critically, the amount of the crop in excellent condition tumbled from 23 to seven percent.  18 percent of the crop is headed, double last year’s mark.  Cotton improved from last week, with 63 percent good or excellent compared to five percent poor.  71 percent of cotton has squared, and a third has set bolls.