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MO crops catch break from rainfall

Missouri crops progressed under drier than normal conditions last week, allowing for some saturation relief.          

The USDA says corn silking in the state progressed to 79 percent, nine percent behind last year. Corn condition improved five percent to 66 percent good to excellent.    

More than half of soybeans have bloomed and nearly 20 percent have started setting pods. Soybean condition improved five percent to 61 percent good to excellent.    

More than half of the state’s cotton is setting bolls. Cotton’s rating held steady at 67 percent good.    

Forty percent of rice has headed, that’s 23 percent ahead of last year. The crop’s rating held steady at 69 percent good to excellent. 

Alfalfa’s 2nd cutting is 84 percent complete, two percent behind last year. 

Pasture ratings improved slightly to 75 percent good to excellent.    

Topsoil moisture was 84 percent adequate and six percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was 89 percent adequate and six percent surplus.     

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