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Southern Plains Freeze Slows Harvest, Wheat Development

Mon, 17 Nov 2014 18:31:08 CST

Southern Plains  Freeze Slows Harvest, Wheat Development
Freezing temperatures were experienced across the state last week, with several locations recording temperatures in the low teens by Sunday. Temperatures ranged from 9 degrees at Erick on Sunday, November 16th to 88 degrees at Mangum on Monday, November 10th. The latest crop progress report from the US Department of Agriculture showed row crop harvest continued to progress in line with their normal averages. Corn harvest reached 96 percent complete, up 5 points from last week. Sorghum harvest was at 87 percent, up 12 points from last week and five points ahead of normal.   Soybean harvest was 78 percent complete. Cotton harvest was at 43 percent, 17 points behind normal.

The wheat crop rated in seven percent in excellent condition, 48 in good, 33 percent in fair and 12 percent in poor to very poor. Canola emerged reached completion as of Sunday. Canola rated six percent in excellent condition, 39 in good, 39 in fair and 16 percent in poor to very poor.

Click here for the full Oklahoma crop report.

Many areas across Texas received freezing temperatures this past week. Areas stretching from North East Texas to the Lower Valley received up to three inches of rainfall. Corn harvest was in its final stages with progress at 97 percent. Peanut harvest had slowed with 88 percent of the crop harvested. Sorghum harvest was at 83 percent. Soybeans harvest was behind the average of 94 with only 80 percent of the crop in the bin. Cotton harvest had resumed but remains well behind normal with 46 percent of the crop harvested.

Seeding of winter wheat continued throughout the state last week with 76 percent of the crop emerged. The winter wheat crop rated 12 percent in excellent condition, 39 percent in good, 37 percent in fair and 12 percent in poor to very poor.

Click here for the full Texas report.

The cold front hit Kansas with temperatures averaging 16 to 20 degrees below normal across the State this past weeks. USDA reports scattered snowfall of up to 2 inches was received.   Corn harvest was at 96 percent complete. Soybeans were at 92 percent harvested. Sorghum harvest remains behind at 81 percent. Cotton harvest was at 35 percent, behind the average of 50.

The winter wheat crop was 92 percent emerged. The crop rated six percent in excellent condition, 56 in good, 35 fair, three percent poor and none rated in very poor condition.

Click here for the full Kansas report.

To review USDA's National Crop Progress Report, click here.



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