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Corn Planting Surpasses Five Year Average, Southern Plains Wheat Crop Shows More Improvement

Mon, 11 May 2015 17:25:06 CDT

Corn Planting Surpasses Five Year Average, Southern Plains Wheat Crop Shows More Improvement Rain isnít slowing down corn planting nationally as progress continues well ahead of schedule. The latest U.S. Department of Agriculture crop progress report has planting up 20 points over the past week with 75 percent of the nationís corn crop planted. Mondayís report has planting was well ahead of the five year average of 57. USDA reported 29 percent of the crop has emerged in the top 18 states that plant 92 percent of the nationís corn acres. For the complete Crop Progress report, click here to the full USDA report.

Drought conditions continue to improve with heavy rainfall across Oklahoma. According to the Oklahoma Mesonet, the statewide precipitation average for May 1st through May 11th was 5.13 inches. Thatís 3.5 inches above normal and the 3rd wettest period since 1921. In the weekly crop progress report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, has the wheat crop condition unchanged from last weekís report with 38 percent good to excellent condition, 39 percent fair and 23 percent poor to very poor. Winter wheat jointing reached 99 percent and headed was 96 percent complete. The canola crop rated 60 percent good to fair. Thatís up one point from last week. Click here for the full Oklahoma report.

Measurable rainfall fell across Texas this past week, slowing planting progress. Areas to the north of the state received the highest amount of precipitation with parts of the Southern High Plains and the Cross Timbers receiving upwards of ten inches. Several regions received hail and wind damage. The latest USDA report showed had the wheat crop gaining five points in the good to excellent category this past week with 57 percent good to excellent condition, 29 percent fair, 14 percent poor to very poor. The wheat crop has 89 percent headed. Corn planting only gained only one point this past week with 71 percent of the crop in the ground and 64 percent emerged. Sorghum was 64 percent planted, soybeans were 60 percent planted and cotton was 16 percent planted. Click here for the Texas report.

The Kansas wheat crop showed slight improvement after precipitation was received statewide this past week. The latest USDA report has the state's winter wheat crop gaining one point in the fair and poor to very poor category. The crop rated 27 good to excellent, 42 percent fair and 31 percent poor to very poor. Winter wheat jointed was at 96 percent with 70 percent of the crop headed. Thatís well ahead of the average of 46. Corn planting was 66 percent complete with 38 percent of the crop emerged. Soybean planting was at 11 percent and cotton planting was at five percent. Click here for the full Kansas report.



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