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OK, TX See Slight Improvement in Wheat Condition, as US Corn Crop Catches Up to Its Normal Pace

Mon, 14 May 2018 16:29:16 CDT

OK, TX See Slight Improvement in Wheat Condition, as US Corn Crop Catches Up to Its Normal Pace The latest crop progress numbers released by USDA on Monday afternoon indicate that the US corn crop, has finally caught up for the year after weeks of being behind in planting. Soybean planting is also doing well this week, exceeding its normal rate. Meanwhile, the wheat crop in the Southern Plains continues to deteriorate.

The US Corn Crop again nearly doubled its progress from the week before in this report, jumping from 39 percent planted to now 62 percent complete - putting it near the five-year average of 63 percent and just behind last year’s rate of 68 percent. Corn Belt state had another week in which considerable progress was made, with close to 20 points of improvement or more made by each individual corn growing state across the board. North Carolina, Missouri and Illinois are all have 90+ percent of their corn planted while many of the northern states still lag behind in the 30 to 40 percent range complete, with South Dakota at a mere 21 percent complete. All corn states are on the board now, too, this week in emergence, with Michigan, Minnesota, the Dakotas and Wisconsin all showing. Emergence across the US climbed 20 points since last week, now at 28 percent complete - putting in on par with last year’s rate at this time of 29 percent complete and the average of 27 percent.

The US soybean crop planting season made excellent progress since last week - exceeding both the national average of 26 percent and 29 percent for this time of the year, up 20 points to 35 percent complete. Grain Sorghum planting also caught up to its normal pace this week, now at 32 percent complete, even with last year and just behind the average by 1 percent.

Finally, cotton planting is doing well, increasing 16 points from last week to 36 percent complete - up 5 points now above last year and the average.

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

Checking in on our southern plains states- Oklahoma received little to no rainfall over the past week while the wheat crop’s condition improved slightly from the week before rating this time at 65 percent poor to very poor, 24 fair and 11 good to excellent. Winter wheat joining reached 98 percent. Winter wheat headed reached 89 percent, down 4 points from the previous year. Canola blooming reached 86 percent, down 11 points from the previous year and down 12 points from normal. Canola coloring reached 21 percent, down 37 points from the previous year. Corn planted reached 66 percent, unchanged from the previous. Corn emerged reached 40 percent, down 16 points from the previous. Sorghum planted reached 24 percent, down 4 points from the previous year. Soybeans planted reached 27 percent, up 9 points from the previous year and up 8 points from normal. Soybeans emerged reached 1 percent. Cotton planted reached 26 percent, down 7 points from the previous year but up 9 points from normal. Conditions of pasture and range were rated at 75 percent good to fair.

Click or tap here for the complete Oklahoma Crop Weather report as of May 14th.

In Kansas, limited information includes the latest wheat ratings - 18 percent very poor, 33 poor, 34 fair, 14 good, and 1 excellent. Winter wheat jointed was 86 percent. Headed was 42 percent, well behind 80 last year and 62 for the five-year average. Corn planted was 68 percent, ahead of 58 last year and 63 average. Emerged was 37 percent, ahead of 32 last year, and near 34 average. Soybeans planted was 31 percent, ahead of 14 last year and 13 average. Emerged was 6 percent, near 4 last year and 2 average. Sorghum planted was 3 percent, near 2 last year, and equal to average. Cotton planted was 5 percent, near 2 last year, and equal to average. Pasture and range conditions rated 10 percent very poor, 21 poor, 46 fair, 22 good, and 0 excellent.

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

Finally, in Texas, weather remained mostly dry and warm across the state with little moisture arriving at all this week.

Winter wheat in many areas of the High Plains and the Northern Low Plains was being grazed, baled or used as a cover crop for cotton. Recent rainfall improved wheat condition in the Southern Low Plains. Wheat was turning in the Cross Timbers, the Blacklands and areas of the Southern Low Plains. Producers in the southern and central parts of the state expected to start harvesting small grains later this week. Wheat’s condition this week rates 2 excellent, 14 good, 25 fair, 31 poor and 28 very poor. Winter wheat headed reached 81 percent complete this week, 9 points behind the previous year and 2 behind the average. Harvested reached 7 percent complete this week, 1 above last year and 5 above the average.

Cotton planting was ongoing in the High Plains. Some farmers were planting cotton in the Low Plains, but most expected to start planting in the upcoming weeks. Producers in the Edwards Plateau were preparing to plant cotton. Meanwhile, cotton was irrigated in South Texas and the Lower Valley. Cotton planted in Texas is at 28, ahead of last year and the average by 5 points. Squaring is 4 behind last year and behind the average at 2 percent complete. Corn planting was active in the Northern High Plains. Producers in the Upper Coast, South Texas and the Lower Valley were irrigating corn fields. Corn planted reached 82 this week, up marginally from last year and the average by 2 and 4 points respectively. Emerged rates at 70 percent this week ahead of the average by 3 and behind last year by 1 point. Silked reached 18 percent this week, double that of the average and 4 points ahead of last year. Sorghum was emerging in the Edwards Plateau and was heading in South Texas. Sorghum planted this week reached 85 percent, ahead of last year at 77 and 73 for the average. Pasture and range condition remained fair to good. Several wildfires were spotted in the Southern High Plains and the Northern Low Plains. Pasture and rangeland this week rates 5 percent excellent, 27 good, 40 fair, 19 poor and 9 very poor.

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

Oklahoma’s crop actually improved slightly this week versus a week ago while the Kansas crop saw a minor decline in its condition. The Texas wheat crop again, had some slight improvement this week in its combined poor to very poor crop rating - Oklahoma's poor to very poor rating decreased by three percentage points from 68 percent a week ago to 65 percent this week. The Kansas crop fell from an even 50 percent last week to 51 percent poor to very poor this week - and the Texas wheat crop actually improved some decreasing from 60 percent poor to very poor last week to 59 percent poor to very poor this week.



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