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Summer Crops Continue With Steady Progress as Pasture-Range Conditions Slide Again This Week

Mon, 23 Jul 2018 15:53:59 CDT

Summer Crops Continue With Steady Progress as Pasture-Range Conditions Slide Again This Week The US Department of Agriculture released Monday, July 23, 2018 its latest Crop Progress report according to which the US corn crop is denoted as being 81 percent complete in the silking stage, well above both last year’s 63 and the five-year average of 62 with corn dough at 18 percent complete nationally and a crop condition currently of 9 percent poor to very poor, 19 percent fair and 72 percent good to excellent, unchanged from the week before. In the meantime, the US soybean crop is 78 percent blooming, ahead of last year by 11 and the average by 15 points. Setting pods is at 44 percent this week, 17 points ahead of last year and 21 points ahead of the average. Soybean’s condition this week rates at 8 percent poor to very poor, 22 fair and 70 percent good to excellent.

Click or tap here to view the complete USDA Crop Progress report, released Monday, July 23, 2018.

Looking at our three-state region across the Southern Plains this week -

In Oklahoma, corn silk reached 72 percent, up 10 points from the previous year and just ahead of the average by 1. Corn dough reached 8 percent while the crop’s condition this week rates 5 percent poor to very poor, 16 fair and 79 good to excellent. Sorghum headed reached 40 percent, up 5 points from the previous year and 8 above the average. Sorghum coloring reached 11 percent, down 9 points from the previous year but up 4 points from normal. Sorghum’s condition this week rates 9 poor to very poor, 46 fair and 45 good to excellent. Soybeans blooming reached 39 percent, up 17 points from the previous year and 21 above the average. Soybeans setting pods reached 11 percent, unchanged from the previous year and 6 ahead of the average with a current condition of 11 poor to very poor, 38 fair and 51 good to excellent. Cotton squaring reached 70 percent, up 7 points from the previous year and 9 ahead of the average. Cotton setting bolls reached 30 percent, up 10 points from the previous year and up 8 points from normal. Cotton’s condition rates at 45 poor to very poor, 40 fair and 15 good to excellent. Conditions of pasture and range were rated at 25 poor to very poor, 38 fair and 37 good to excellent.

For the full Oklahoma Crop Progress report for this week, click here.

In Kansas, corn condition rated 7 percent very poor, 14 poor, 29 fair, 43 good, and 7 excellent. Corn silking was 83 percent, ahead of 70 last year and 71 for the five-year average. Dough was 34 percent, well ahead of 8 last year and 14 average. Soybean condition rated 4 percent very poor, 14 poor, 36 fair, 40 good, and 6 excellent. Soybeans blooming was 74 percent, ahead of 59 last year, and well ahead of 47 average. Setting pods was 30 percent, ahead of 14 last year and 11 average. Sorghum condition rated 1 percent very poor, 5 poor, 31 fair, 57 good, and 6 excellent. Sorghum headed was 21 percent, ahead of 10 last year and 11 average. Cotton condition rated 1 percent very poor, 3 poor, 33 fair, 51 good, and 12 excellent. Cotton squaring was 85 percent, well ahead of 41 last year and 49 average. Setting bolls was 11 percent, near 7 last year, and ahead of 6 average. Pasture and range conditions rated 10 percent very poor, 24 poor, 38 fair, 26 good, and 2 excellent.

For the full Kansas Crop Progress report for this week, click here.

And across Texas, dryland cotton struggled with the heat and lack of moisture this past week with boll worms detected in North East Texas and harvest getting underway in the Lower Valley. Meanwhile, corn and sorghum harvest continues across the state. Corn silked this week reached 85 percent, ahead of 73 last year and just above the average of 83. Dough reach 65 percent this week, ahead of 57 last year and 5 above the average of 60. Dented reached 56 percent, better than last year by 1 and the average by 4. Mature is reported at 37 percent, behind last year by 1 point and even with normal. Corn’s condition in Texas this week rates 32 good to excellent, 36 fair and 32 poor to very poor. Cotton squaring this week rates 71 percent, 2 above this time last year and 4 below normal. Setting bolls is at 29 percent, better than both last year and the average by 4 points. Bolls opening is reported at 10 percent this week, above the previous year by 3 and normal by 4 points. Cotton’s condition rates 20 good to excellent, 31 fair and 49 poor to very poor. Sorghum headed this week rates 87 percent, coloring at 66, mature at 56 and harvested at 44 percent compared to 37 last year and 29 the average. Sorghum condition rates 25 good to excellent, 40 fair and 35 good to excellent. Soybeans blooming this week is reported at 71 percent, above last year by 2 and the average by 4. Setting pods this week is at 37, even with the prior year and above normal by 2 points. Soybeans condition this week is at 20 good to excellent, 63 fair and 17 poor to very poor. Pasture and rangeland this week is at 21 good to excellent, 37 fair and 42 poor to very poor.

For the full Texas Crop Progress report for this week, click here.

The good to excellent spread of pasture and range conditions here in the Southern Plains have slipped again this week, across the region. Comparing this week to last, we see an 11-point drop in the combined good to excellent rating with this week at 37 percent and last week at 48 percent. Kansas rates at 28 percent good to excellent this week, just a 1-point difference from last week’s 29 percent combined rating. Texas, however, dropped 7 points this week compared to last week at 21 percent good to excellent, next to last week’s 28 percent. Arizona remains at the bottom of the national comparison with a poor to very poor rating of 89 percent, currently. The nearest state beyond that is New Mexico with 69 percent of its rangeland rated poor to very poor, followed closely by Missouri at 67 percent.



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