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Farmers Make Modest Planting Progress Despite Surplus of Moisture in Latest Crop Progress Report

Mon, 22 May 2017 16:02:47 CDT

Farmers Make Modest Planting Progress Despite Surplus of Moisture in Latest Crop Progress Report In the latest crop progress report released Monday May 22, 2017, the United States Department of Agriculture rates the US winter wheat crop condition at 52 percent good to excellent, with 33 fair, 11 poor and 4 very poor. Winter wheat headed was 72 percent compared to 74 percent this time last year and is 5 points above the five-year average. Corn planted is at 84 percent, equal to last year and on just below the five-year average by 1. Cotton planted rates at 52 percent, 7 above last year and just 2 above the average. Finally, Sorghum planted rates 37 percent, 1 point ahead of last year and 4 points behind the average. For the complete USDA Crop Progress report, click here.

According to the weekly crop progress report from USDA, Oklahoma winter wheat headed reached 98 percent, up 2 points from normal. Winter wheat harvested reached 1 percent, down 4 points from normal. Canola coloring reached 80 percent, up 17 points from normal. Canola harvested reached 1 percent. Corn emerged reached 70 percent, up 2 points from normal. Sorghum planted reached 34 percent, down 5 points from normal. Soybeans seeded reached 26 percent, down 5 points from normal. Soybeans emerged reached 9 percent, down 4 points from normal. Cotton planted reached 38 percent, up 9 points from the previous year and up 10 points from normal. Conditions of pasture and range meanwhile are rated at 82 percent good to fair. To view the complete Oklahoma Crop Progress and Condition Report, click here.

In Kansas, winter wheat condition rated 8 percent very poor, 16 poor, 29 fair, 40 good, and 7 excellent. Winter wheat headed was 94 percent, near 95 last year, but ahead of 83 for the five-year average. Coloring was 23 percent, ahead of 14 last year. Corn planted was 70 percent, behind 89 last year and 86 average. Emerged was 48 percent, behind 60 last year and 58 average. Soybeans planted was 27 percent, ahead of 20 last year, but behind 34 average. Emerged was 13 percent, ahead of 6 last year, and equal to average. Sorghum planted was 4 percent, near 5 last year, and behind 12 average. Cotton planted was 8 percent, near 6 last year, but behind 22 average. Pasture and range conditions rated 0 percent very poor, 2 poor, 18 fair, 64 good, and 16 excellent. To view the complete Kansas Crop Progress and Condition Report, click here.

In Texas, winter wheat condition was mostly fair to good statewide. Wheat harvest slowed down in the Low Plains, the Cross Timbers and the Blacklands due to rain and high humidity. Some farmers continued planting cotton in the Plains, but others decided to wait until after the forecasted rainfall at the end of the week. The sugarcane aphid was still a threat in sorghum fields in areas of the Coastal Bend. Pasture conditions were declining due to lack of moisture. Even though most of the state received rainfall near the end of the week, farmers were concerned high winds and warm temperatures could erode topsoil moisture levels. To view the complete Texas Crop Progress and Condition Report, click here.

To sum up the current winter wheat crop condition here in the southern plains- here's the Good to Excellent Ratings for this week and the change from last week:

Oklahoma   49%      +2%
Kansas         47%       -2%
Texas           36%       -8%

The increase in the poor to very poor categories reflect the unfavorable weather conditions that have caused damage to crops:

Oklahoma   13%     -4%
Kansas         24%     +8%
Texas           18%      +3%



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