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Southern Plains Wheat Crop Remains Stuck in Poor to Very Poor Condition- While Early Corn Planting Going Slow-

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 18:16:10 CDT

Southern Plains Wheat Crop Remains Stuck in Poor to Very Poor Condition- While Early Corn Planting Going Slow- The latest crop progress numbers released by USDA on Monday afternoon reflected a slowly developing planting season for both corn and soybeans- with the the "I" states really behind five year average numbers on corn planting. Meanwhile, the wheat crop in the southern plains is behind normal development- and with weekend rains not really helping the crop ratings this week- the crop is about the same in poor to very poor ratings compared to a week ago.

The US Corn Crop can quickly be planted once conditions are favorable- but that has not been seen thus far in 2018- we are very early in the process with only five percent of the US corn planted to date- versus the five year average by now of 14%. The Iowa corn crop has not yet seen a measurable start- versus the five year average of eleven percent by this time of April, while the Illinois crop is four percent planted versus the five year average of 20%. Indiana has just started planting with one percent complete versus their five year standard of five percent. Missouri is normally a state that is well on their way to getting their corn in the ground- the five year average for the Show Me state is 35%- in 2018- they have 18% now planted.

The US soybean crop planting season has just begun- with most soybeans in the ground right now found in the south. Grain Sorghum is slightly ahead of the five year average across the states that raise sorghum, with Texas well ahead of their normal pace at 78% planted versus their five year average of 57%.

Finally, cotton planting is very early, with nine percent of the US crop now planted versus the ten percent five year average.

To review the complete Crop Progress report released on Monday afternoon- click or tap here.

Checking in on our southern plains states- while much of Oklahoma got badly needed rain on Saturday and Sunday- this week's report continues to reflect the extreme to exceptional drought the state has been dealing with- Winter wheat jointing reached 78 percent, down 15 points from the previous year and down 14 points from normal. Winter wheat headed reached 23 percent, down 38 points from the previous year and down 15 points from normal. Canola blooming reached 61 percent, down 33 points from the previous year and down 24 points from normal. Canola coloring reached 3 percent, down 15 points from the previous year and down 1 point from normal.

Row Crops: Corn planted reached 30 percent, down 13 points from the previous year and down 9 points from normal. Sorghum planted reached 9 percent, down 6 points from the previous year but unchanged from normal. Cotton planted reached 2 percent, down 3 points from the previous year but unchanged from normal.

Click or tap here for the complete Oklahoma Crop Weather report as of April 22.

In Kansas, limited info includes the latest Wheat Ratings- Winter wheat condition rated 16 percent very poor, 33 poor, 39 fair, 11 good, and 1 excellent. Winter wheat jointed was 35 percent, well behind 80 last year and 65 for the five-year average.

Corn planted was 15 percent, near 19 last year, and behind 24 average. Click or tap here for the Kansas Crop Weather details released on Monday afternoon.

Finally, in Texas, the high plains continues to struggle with drought- while other areas of the state are in better condition:

Small Grains: Irrigation, where available, continued on wheat fields in the Northern High Plains. High winds and hot weather damaged wheat heads in areas of the Northern Low Plains. Winter wheat in the Southern Low Plains had begun to turn. Small grains in South Texas continued to dry out and mature.

Row Crops: Some cotton, sorghum and soybeans were planted in the Blacklands, but most producers were waiting for warmer temperatures to plant. High winds damaged emerged cotton in the Coastal Bend. Producers in the Lower Valley were irrigating cotton fields. Corn planting had begun in the Southern Low Plains. Corn had begun to tassel in South Texas. Some corn fields in North East Texas were damaged by feral hogs.

For the complete Texas Crop Weather report- click or tap here.

Oklahoma showed slight improvement this week versus a week ago in the southern plains winter wheat crop- while the Kansas and Texas saw the poor to very poor numbers grow- Oklahoma's poor to very poor rating improved by one percentage point from 65% a week ago to 64% this week. The Kansas crop worsened by three percentage pomts- sinking to 49% poor to very poor this week versus 46% a week ago- and the Texas wheat crop dropped from 63% poor to very poor last week to 64% poor to very poor this week.



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