Wheat Crops in Oklahoma and Kansas Remain in Fair to Good Condition Despite Warm, Dry FebruaryMon, 27 Feb 2017 17:58:25 CST
February was extremely warm and dry for Oklahoma. A few rain storms in the middle of the month did little to ease the drought or high temperatures. According to the OCS Mesonet, 2017 was one of the hottest Februarys in Oklahoma’s history.
Conditions of small grains were rated mostly fair to good. Winter wheat grazed reached 65 percent, up 15 points from the previous year Rye grazed reached 70 percent, down 1 point from the previous year. Oats grazed reached 70 percent, up 44 points from the previous year.
Temperatures ranged from 8 degrees at Boise City on Saturday, February 25th to 99 degrees at Mangum on Saturday, February 11th. Precipitation ranged from 0.16 of an inch in the Panhandle district to 3.08 inches in the Southeast district. Soil temperature averages ranged from 34 degrees at Kenton on Friday, February 3rd to 63 degrees at Hugo on Sunday, February 12th. Click here for the full Crop Weather Report for Oklahoma.
As for Kansas, temperatures averaged six to twelve degrees above normal across the entire state during February, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Most of the state remained dry, while portions of central and eastern Kansas received beneficial rainfall. The mild temperatures have been good for calving and some early fieldwork. Fertilizer application and weed management have begun in many areas. Topsoil moisture rated 21 percent very short, 34 short, 45 adequate, and 0 surplus. Subsoil moisture rated 21 percent very short, 35 short, 44 adequate, and 0 surplus.
Winter wheat condition rated 5 percent very poor, 16 poor, 36 fair, 40 good, and 3 excellent. Hay and roughage supplies rated 1 percent very short, 6 short, 90 adequate, 3 surplus. Stock water supplies were 2 percent very short, 13 short, 84 adequate, and 1 surplus. For the complete Crop Weather Report for Kansas, click here.
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