USDA’s latest weekly update for crop progress in Missouri has corn just behind average pace while soybeans remain noticeably ahead of average. As of Sunday, 83 percent of Missouri corn has reached the doughing stage, while 47 percent has dented. Both are one point behind the five-year average. 76 percent is rated good to excellent, up one point from last week, and six percent remain poor or very poor. 90 percent of soybeans are in the blooming stage, and almost 70 percent have set pods. Three-fourths of beans are rated good to excellent, compared to six percent poor or very poor.

Bootheel crops are still behind pace, with 88 percent of cotton squaring and 64 percent setting bolls. 69 percent of rice has headed, 15 points off the average pace. Cotton and rice conditions are unchanged from last week.

Pastures improved three points to 59 percent good or excellent, with 11 percent still rated poor or very poor. Two-thirds of alfalfa fields have received their third cutting. Nine percent of Missouri farmers reportedly lack adequate hay supply, while ten percent have surpluses. Just one percent of farmers have surplus water, compared to five percent running short.

14 percent of topsoil and 13 percent of subsoil lack adequate moisture, compared to five percent of topsoil and one percent of subsoil with a surplus. Temperatures were just over a degree above normal at 77-point-one degrees, while precipitation was below average at 85-hundreds of an inch. Five-point-three days were suitable for fieldwork.