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Rainfall Delays Planting Progress Across Southern Plains

Tue, 26 May 2015 17:21:47 CDT

Rainfall Delays Planting Progress Across Southern Plains
Oklahoma received record setting precipitation this past week. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported eight districts had the wettest period on record since 1921.   This last week’s rainfall boosted the state’s top soil and subsoil moisture conditions to mostly adequate to surplus. In the weekly crop progress report, the wheat crop condition rated 36 percent good to excellent, 41 percent fair and 23 percent poor to very poor. The crop lost three points in the good to excellent category. The canola crop rated 61 percent good to fair. Row crop seeding continued to be delayed throughout the state due to wet conditions. Pasture and range conditions were rated 78 percent good to fair. Click here for the full Oklahoma report.

Thunderstorms moved across Texas this past week bringing upwards of ten inches of precipitation. Lodging of wheat and oats due to flooding and high winds was experienced in several regions. USDA reports the wet conditions have delayed wheat harvest with four percent of the crop in the bin.   USDA reports 56 percent of the wheat crop was in good to excellent condition, 31 percent fair and 13 percent poor to very poor condition. Corn planting gained two points with 77 percent of the crop planted and 74 percent emerged. Sorghum was 72 percent planted, soybeans were 69 percent, cotton was 29 percent and peanuts were 32 percent. Click here for the full Texas report.

Precipitation fell statewide across Kansas this past week. The heaviest rainfall, up to three inches, fell in southwest and south central Kansas. USDA reported 30 percent of the wheat crop is in good to excellent condition, 42 percent fair and 28 percent in poor to very poor. The crop gained one point in the fair category. Corn was 84 percent planted, behind last year and the average of 92. Soybeans were 20 percent planted, sorghum was nine percent and cotton was at nine percent. Click here for the full Kansas report.



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