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Half of the 2012 Oklahoma Wheat Crop Remains in Good to Excellent Condition

Mon, 30 Jan 2012 18:53:08 CST

Half of the 2012 Oklahoma Wheat Crop Remains in Good to Excellent Condition Scattered rains were seen across Oklahoma during January according to the end of the month Oklahoma Crop Weather report issued by the USDA-NASS Oklahoma Field Office. A daily maximum rainfall record was set in McAlester, at 1.9 inches on January 10, breaking the old record of 0.62 inches set in 1954. A second daily record was set in Oklahoma City, at 1.52 inches on January 24, breaking the old record of 0.37 inches set in 1949. January rainfall ranged from 0.12 inches in the Panhandle to 5.32 inches in the Southeast. While the drought conditions continued around the state. The Drought Monitor, dated January 24th indicated that 68 percent of the state was in a drought, as the Panhandle and much of the southwestern parts of the state continued to experience severe to exceptional drought conditions.

Temperatures continued to be unseasonably warm for this time of year. The high temperatures ranged from 72 degrees in McAlester on January 20th to 79 degrees recorded in Mangum on January 16th. This unseasonable warm January along with the scattered rains have small grain crops off to a good start. Scattered rains have supplied much needed moisture for small grain grazing, which helped slow the feeding of hay. While the scattered rains have helped small grains, farm ponds and lakes have seen little relief from the drought. Some ranchers continued to haul water to livestock. Topsoil moisture conditions improved slightly with 53 percent rated adequate or surplus and 47 percent rated short to very short. Subsoil moisture conditions were rated mostly short to very short, though 27 percent of the state was rated as adequate.

Small Grains: Conditions have slipped slightly but small grain crops continued to be rated mostly good, while the canola condition rating remained mostly good to fair. Wheat grazed was at 39 percent, three points above the five year average. Rye grazed was at 67 percent, six percent above the five year average. Oats grazed was at 47 percent, 30 points above the five-year average.

Pasture and Range: Pasture and range conditions showed little improvement from December, with 72 percent rated poor to very poor. Ranchers were fortunate that more small grain grazing acres were available to replace the limited availability of cool season grasses.

Livestock: Conditions were rated mostly in the good to fair range with 29 percent rated poor to very poor. Ranchers continued feeding hay and selling cattle with prices holding strong. Rains received over January were welcomed but have done little to replenish critically low ponds with many producers continuing to haul water.

Click here for the complete report as found on the NASS section of the USDA website.



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