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Wheat Crop Conditions in Oklahoma, Kansas Continue to Deteriorate While Texas Sees Slight Uptick

Mon, 30 Apr 2018 17:39:56 CDT

Wheat Crop Conditions in Oklahoma, Kansas Continue to Deteriorate While Texas Sees Slight Uptick The latest crop progress numbers released by USDA on Monday afternoon showed again that corn and soybeans are both lagging behind in this year’s planting season, though corn farmers do seem to be building steam with most of the Midwest making considerable progress over the last week. Meanwhile, the wheat crop in the Southern Plains continues to struggle along in its development with both Oklahoma and Kansas experiencing some deterioration this week in their respective wheat crop conditions - Texas, however, saw some slight improvement from the week before.

The US Corn Crop nearly tripled its progress from the week prior in this report, jumping from five percent planted to now 17 percent complete - versus the five-year average by now of 27 percent. The Iowa corn crop finally appeared on the chart this week with 17 percent corn planting complete, still trailing the 27 percent five-year average by this time of April, while the Illinois crop leaped from four percent planted last week to now 32 percent, closing the gap to the average of 40 percent. Indiana has only made marginal progress in the last week compared to other states, up only seven points from last week’s 1 percent. Missouri made considerable progress this past week also climbing up from 16 percent, now at 52 percent complete, passing the five-year average by 1 but well behind last year’s benchmark of 64 this time last year.

The US soybean crop planting season shows only moderate progress made since last week - with most soybean planting seen in the South right now. Louisiana is the only state to show significant improvement, advancing from 26 percent complete last week to 40 percent complete now. Grain Sorghum has slowed its pace slightly from last week but remains on par with the five-year average across the states that raise sorghum, with Texas keeping up well ahead of their normal pace at 81 percent planted versus their five-year average of 63 percent.

Finally, cotton planting is still very early, with 12 percent of the US crop now planted versus the 14 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 dry conditions continue to persist across much of Oklahoma, the state received enough rain over the past week to keep the drought conditions from worsening - winter wheat jointing reached 86 percent, down 10 points from the previous year and down 9 points from normal. Winter wheat headed reached 35 percent, down 39 points from the previous year and down 25 points from normal. Winter wheat’s condition in Oklahoma rates this week at 66 percent poor to very poor, 25 fair and 9 good to excellent. Canola blooming reached 69 percent, down 26 points from the previous year and down 23 points from normal. Canola coloring reached 11 percent, down 22 points from the previous year but up 1 point from normal. Corn planted increased to 35 percent complete, up from 30 last week and behind the five-year average of 50. Sorghum planted reached 13 percent, down 9 points from the previous year and down 2 points from normal. Cotton planted reached 6 percent, down 12 points from the previous year but unchanged from normal. Conditions of pasture and range were rated at 71 percent fair to poor.

Click or tap here for the complete Oklahoma Crop Weather report as of April 29.

In Kansas, limited info includes the latest wheat ratings - winter wheat condition rated 16 percent very poor, 34 poor, 37 fair, 12 good, and 1 excellent. Winter wheat jointed was 52 percent, well behind 89 last year and 77 for the five-year average. Headed was 2 percent, well behind 41 last year and 24 average. Corn planted was 27 percent, behind 36 last year and 35 average. Emerged was 6 percent, behind 11 last year and 14 average. Soybeans planted was 2 percent, equal to both last year and average.

Click or tap here for the Kansas Crop Weather details released on Monday afternoon.

Finally, in Texas, the high plains continues to deal with hot, dry and windy conditions that prevail across most of the state while precipitation remains low.

Small grains have not shown much freeze damage from the freeze experienced two weeks ago. Winter wheat in the Northern High Plains started to head. Some producers in the Low Plains and the Cross Timbers were cutting wheat for hay because of the poor crop conditions. Wheat and oats harvest started in areas of South Texas. Winter wheat’s condition in Texas this week rates 61 poor to very poor, 23 fair, and 16 percent good to excellent.

Row crop producers in the Northern Low Plains were spraying fields for weeds in preparation for cotton planting, while cotton planting continued in the Blacklands and the Trans-Pecos. Pima cotton planting was winding down in the Trans-Pecos. Some farmers in the Upper Coast had to replant cotton damaged by cool weather and windy conditions. Corn in South Texas and the Coastal Bend was tasseling. Corn and sorghum in areas of the Blacklands were showing signs of wind burn. Sorghum development in the Trans-Pecos was slower than usual due to cool nighttime temperatures.

Pasture and range condition remained mostly fair to good. Fire danger remains high in areas of the Trans-Pecos.

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

Both Oklahoma and Kansas showed some signs of deterioration this week versus a week ago in the Southern Plains winter wheat crop, while Texas had some slight improvement this week in its combined poor to very poor crop rating - Oklahoma's poor to very poor rating increased by two percentage point from 64 percent a week ago to 66 percent this week. The Kansas crop worsened by one percentage point - rising from 49 percent poor to very poor last week to an even 50 percent this week - and the Texas wheat crop actually improved some decreasing from 64 percent poor to very poor last week to 61 percent poor to very poor this week.



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