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Hot, Dry Weather Helps Corn and Sorghum Harvest in Southern Plains

Tue, 08 Sep 2015 17:44:05 CDT

Hot, Dry Weather Helps Corn and Sorghum Harvest in Southern Plains Minimal rainfall has impacted Oklahoma crops and rangeland. The U.S. Drought Monitor has shown moderate to severe drought has emerged in the south central and the south eastern part of the state. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Monday reported the state's corn crop rated 64 percent in good to excellent condition, unchanged from last week. With 92 percent in the dough stage, 87 percent dented and 34 percent mature. Soybeans rated 55 percent good to excellent, down one point from last week. The state's cotton crop rated 67 percent good to excellent, steady with last week. Cotton bolls opening reached 14 percent, down 15 points from the previous year and down 14 points from normal. Sorghum rated 76 percent good to excellent, down three points from last week. Sorghum mature reached 25 percent, up one point from normal. The state's pasture and range conditions rated 51 percent good to excellent, down five points from last week. Click here for the full Oklahoma report.


Hot, dry conditions persisted across much of the Texas last week, aiding corn, sorghum and cotton harvest. USDA reports 52 percent of the state’s corn and sorghum crop has been harvested. Progress remains behind last year and the five year average. USDA reports 56 percent of the state's corn crop was in good to excellent condition, unchanged from last week. The sorghum crop rated 67 percent good to excellent, unchanged since last week. Cotton rated 44 percent good to excellent, down one point from last week. Cotton has reached six percent harvested. The state's soybean crop rated 39 percent in good to excellent condition, up two points from last week. Winter wheat planting has gotten started with one percent of the crop in the ground. Pasture and range conditions dropped another three points to 28 percent good to excellent. Click here for the full Texas report.


Sorghum harvest and winter wheat planting has gotten underway in Kansas. In the latest crop progress report, the Kansas corn crop rated 57 percent good to excellent condition, unchanged from last week. Dented was 81 percent and mature reached 33 percent, both remain behind the average. The state's soybean crop rated 56 percent good to excellent condition, down one point from last week. Setting pods was at 91 percent and dropping leaves was ten percent. Sorghum rated 68 percent good to excellent, down one point from last week. Sorghum coloring was at 66 percent, nine percent mature and harvest was one percent complete. Cotton rated 63 percent good to excellent, unchanged from last week. Squaring was at 96 percent, setting bolls at 86 percent and bolls opening was at 15 percent. Pasture and range conditions rated 59 percent good to excellent.Click here for the full Kansas report.
   

 

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