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January's High Winds, Low Precipitation Affect Oklahoma Crop Condition

Mon, 03 Feb 2014 16:02:14 CST

January’s High Winds, Low Precipitation Affect Oklahoma Crop Condition
The USDA's lasts Crop Weather report says that, overall, the month of January could have been a little nicer to the Oklahoma's winter crops. According to the most recent drought monitor, the majority of the state was rated abnormally dry to no drought at all, while the Panhandle and the far southwest district were rated an extreme to exceptional drought. Due to the limited amount of moisture, wheat grazing was inadequate. Some canola and winter wheat have also experienced freeze damage.

Conditions of small grains and canola declined over the past month. Small grains and canola were rated mostly good to fair. Forty- one percent of the wheat crop was being grazed, six points ahead of the five-year average, and 19 points more than during January 2013. Five percent of the wheat crop was listed in excellent shape, 31 percent was in good condition, 40 percent was fair and 24 percent was in poor or very poor condition. Click here for the full Oklahoma Crop Weather report.

In Texas, cold temperatures continued as another winter storm hit the state. Many areas of northeast Texas, southeast Texas and the Lower Valley saw significant amounts of precipitation.

Wheat producers in the Cross-Timbers reported wheat going into a semi dormant state due to the cold, dry weather. Producers in the Edwards Plateau were encouraged by the wet cold weather. Wheat in the Coastal Bend had been damaged by migratory birds. Two percent of the state's wheat crop was in excellent condition, 17 percent was listed as good, 40 percent was in fair shape and 41 percent was considered to be in poor or very poor shape. You can read the full Texas Crop Progress report by clicking here.



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