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Adverse Conditions Continue to Plague Producers in Some Areas as Wheat Harvest Picks Up Pace

Tue, 30 May 2017 15:52:44 CDT

Adverse Conditions Continue to Plague Producers in Some Areas as Wheat Harvest Picks Up Pace In the latest crop progress report released Tuesday May 30, 2017, the United States Department of Agriculture rates the US winter wheat crop condition at 50 percent good to excellent, with 35 fair, 11 poor and 4 very poor. Winter wheat headed was 80 percent compared to 83 percent this time last year and is 3 points above the five-year average. Corn planted is at 91 percent, below last year and the five-year average by 2. Soybeans planted rate 67 percent, lagging last year by 4 points and just below the average by 1. Soybeans emerged rate 37 percent, trailing last year by 5 and the average by 3. Cotton planted rates at 63 percent, 6 above last year and just 1 above the average. Finally, Sorghum planted rates 44 percent, 1 point ahead of last year and 5 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 harvested reached 3 percent, down 7 points from normal. Canola coloring reached 91 percent, up 4 points from normal. Canola harvested reached 5 percent. Winter wheat and oats condition was rated mostly good to fair for the state. Corn emerged reached 79 percent, up 1 point from normal. Sorghum planted reached 42 percent, down 2 points from normal. Soybeans planted reached 30 percent, down 9 points from normal. Soybeans emerged reached 16 percent, down 4 points from normal. Cotton planted reached 40 percent, up 1 point from the previous year and up 1 point from normal. Conditions of pasture and range were 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 9 percent very poor, 16 poor, 30 fair, 38 good, and 7 excellent. Winter wheat headed was 97 percent, near 98 last year and the five-year average of 93. Coloring was 39 percent, near 37 last year, but ahead of 34 average. Corn condition rated 2 percent very poor, 8 poor, 35 fair, 52 good, and 3 excellent. Corn planted was 82 percent, behind 94 last year and 93 average. Emerged was 64 percent, behind 73 last year and 74 average. Soybeans planted was 41 percent, ahead of 25 last year, but behind 46 average. Emerged was 24 percent, ahead of 14 last year, but near 25 average. Sorghum planted was 11 percent, near 13 last year, and behind 23 average. Cotton planted was 32 percent, ahead of 9 last year, but near 36 average. Pasture and range conditions rated 0 percent very poor, 2 poor, 15 fair, 67 good, and 16 excellent. To view the complete Kansas Crop Progress and Condition Report, click here.

In Texas, hail during the previous week damaged wheat fields in the Cross Timbers and the Northern Low Plains, while storms and high winds damaged fields in the Blacklands. Harvest kicked off in a few areas of the High Plains but was slowed by wet conditions in other areas of the state. Producers commented that cotton in the High Plains has been slow to emerge due to cooler temperatures. Corn condition was mostly fair to good statewide. Pastures responded well to recent rainfall and conditions were mostly fair to good statewide. 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   45%       -4%
Kansas         45%       -2%
Texas           31%       -5%

The slight increases in the poor to very poor categories show a bit of sideways improvement compared to the crop’s condition during the previous week:

Oklahoma   14%     +1%
Kansas         25%     +1%
Texas           17%      -1%



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