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Corn Harvest Going Strong Across Southern Plains

Mon, 22 Sep 2014 18:58:13 CDT

Corn Harvest Going Strong Across Southern Plains
Corn harvest was active across Oklahoma. In the weekly crop progress report from the US Department of Agriculture this past week corn harvest made a lot of progress gaining 27 points to reach 43 percent complete. Sorghum coloring reached 90 percent with 63 percent of the crop mature and 17 percent of the sorghum crop was harvested. The peanut crop was reaching maturity in gaining 27 points last week with 58 percent of crop reaching maturity. Seventy-four percent of cotton bolls were opening. The fourth cutting of alfalfa hay reached 68 percent complete. Soybeans are getting closer to harvest with 29 percent of the crop dropping leaves.   

Canola planting reached 43 percent complete. That's up 31 points over a year ago. Winter wheat seeded jumped 21 points to reach 35 percent complete and rye seeding reached 44 percent complete.

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Texas began the week warm and dry, then turned cooler with some much needed precipitation. The state received 2 to as much as much as five inches of rainfall. Corn harvest for silage and for grain continued with harvest reaching 67 percent complete, slightly ahead of last year and the five-year average. Sorghum and cotton harvest made very little progress this past week with both crops only gaining one percentage point. Sorghum harvest reached 67 percent complete and cotton harvest reached 16 percent done.   The peanut crop progressed in areas of the Northern Low Plains and South Texas aided by recent rainfall. Soybeans in the Northern High Plains continued to drop leaves and mature. Winter wheat seeding continued throughout many areas of the state. Twenty percent of the wheat crop has been planted with five percent beginning to emerge. Pasture and range conditions were in mostly good condition and appear to have benefited greatly from the recent rainfall.   

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Rain showers were limited to mostly the eastern third of Kansas. Corn harvest gained eight points this past week to reach 26 percent complete. Sorghum harvest was slow to progress with harvest three percent complete. Alfalfa hay cutting was 59 percent complete, which was ahead of last year and near the five-year average of 55. Soybeans dropping leaves was 38 percent. Cotton was progressing on track with last year with 93 percent setting bolls and 31 percent opening. Wheat planting reached 15 percent, which was near last year and the five-year average.

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