Warm, Dry Conditions Persistent Across Southern PlainsMon, 30 Mar 2015 16:58:16 CDT
Drought conditions continued to be rated extreme to exceptional across the western half of Oklahoma, with conditions most severe in the Southwest and West Central districts. The most recent U.S. Drought Monitor indicates that the percentage of the state experiencing exceptional drought increased from 5.75 to 8.41 percent since the beginning week of March, a 46 percent increase. In the latest crop weather report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the state's wheat crop rated 44 percent good to excellent, 41 percent fair and 15 percent poor to very poor. That's unchanged over last week's report. Jointing of winter wheat reached 49 percent as of Sunday. The canola crop rated 62 percent good to fair, down two points from last week. Seedbed preparation continues for row crops. Pasture and range conditions rated 71 percent good to fair. That' up three points. Click here for the full Oklahoma report.
Warm, humid weather was reported throughout Texas with minimal rainfall reported in most areas this past week. Wheat rated 55 percent good to excellent, 36 percent fair and 9 percent poor to very poor. The crop improved one point in the fair category. Corn planting reached 20 percent complete, as planting was delayed due to wet conditions in the South East. Sorghum planting was 11 percent done with progress continuing in South and South Central. Range and pasture rated mostly good - fair with pastures greening up from recent rainfall. Click here for the full Texas report.
Warmer than normal conditions with limited moisture continue to prevail across much of Kansas. The dry conditions in the west are especially concerning. Producers reported an increase in field activities with the recent mild weather, including fertilizer and herbicide application, planting preparation, and moving cattle off crop residue. The winter wheat crop rated 39 percent good to excellent, 44 fair and 17 percent poor to very poor. Winter wheat jointing reached 15 percent, ahead of last year, but behind average. Click here for the full Kansas report.
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