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Progress Slows in Farm Country as Summer Doldrums Set in, According to Latest USDA Crop Report

Mon, 30 Jul 2018 16:38:37 CDT

Progress Slows in Farm Country as Summer Doldrums Set in, According to Latest USDA Crop Report The US Department of Agriculture released Monday, July 30, 2018 its latest Crop Progress report according to which the US corn crop is denoted as being 91 percent complete in the silking stage, 9 points above both last year and the five-year average with corn dough 17 percent above last year at 38 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 86 percent blooming, ahead of last year by 6 and the average by 9 points. Setting pods is at 60 percent this week, 15 points ahead of last year and 19 points ahead of the average. Soybean’s condition is unchanged this week from last, rated currently 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 30, 2018.

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

In Oklahoma, corn silk reached 82 percent, up 8 points from the previous year. Corn dough reached 35 percent, up 8 points from the previous year. Corn’s condition rates 7 percent poor to very poor, 20 fair and 73 percent good to excellent. Sorghum headed reached 43 percent, down 1 point from the previous year. Sorghum coloring reached 19 percent, down 6 points from the previous year. Sorghum’s condition rates this week 10 poor to very poor, 46 fair and 44 good to excellent. Soybeans blooming reached 54 percent, up 16 points from the previous year. Soybeans setting pods reached 17 percent, down 4 points from the previous year. Soybean’s condition rates 15 poor to very poor, 38 fair and 47 good to excellent. Cotton setting bolls reached 35 percent, up 11 points from the previous year and up 3 points from normal. Cotton’s condition rates 40 poor to very poor, 39 fair and 21 good to excellent. Conditions of pasture and range were rated at 31 poor to very poor, 39 fair and 30 good to excellent.

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

In Kansas, corn condition rated 8 percent very poor, 15 poor, 30 fair, 39 good, and 8 excellent. Corn silking was 92 percent, ahead of 81 last year and 85 for the five-year average. Dough was 49 percent, well ahead of 28 last year and 29 average. Dented was 11 percent, ahead of 2 last year and 1 average. Soybean condition rated 6 percent very poor, 15 poor, 36 fair, 39 good, and 4 excellent. Soybeans blooming was 83 percent, ahead of 71 last year, and well ahead of 62 average. Setting pods was 48 percent, well ahead of 25 last year and 23 average. Sorghum condition rated 1 percent very poor, 5 poor, 31 fair, 56 good, and 7 excellent. Sorghum headed was 39 percent, ahead of 24 last year and 23 average. Coloring was 3 percent, near 1 average. Cotton condition rated 1 percent very poor, 3 poor, 35 fair, 50 good, and 11 excellent. Cotton squaring was 92 percent, well ahead of 58 last year and 62 average. Setting bolls was 20 percent, near 19 last year, and ahead of 14 average. Pasture and range conditions rated 12 percent very poor, 23 poor, 36 fair, 27 good, and 2 excellent.

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

And across Texas, hot, dry conditions persisted this past week as cotton bloomed in the Southern Low Plains, but showed drought related stress while harvest got underway in areas of the Coastal Bend and South Texas. Meanwhile, corn and sorghum harvest continues across the state. Corn silked this week reached 89 percent, behind both last year and the average by 3 points. Dough reach 71 percent this week, ahead of last year by 10 and 3 above the average of 68. Dented reached 60 percent, better than last year by 3 and the average by 1. Mature is reported at 46 percent, behind last year by 2 points and ahead of normal by 2 points. Corn’s condition in Texas this week rates 36 good to excellent, 33 fair and 31 poor to very poor. Cotton squaring this week rates 84 percent, 3 above this time last year and 1 below normal. Setting bolls is at 35 percent, better than last year by 3 and on par with the average. Bolls opening is reported at 11 percent this week, even with the previous year and 3 points ahead of normal. Cotton’s condition rates 24 good to excellent, 29 fair and 47 poor to very poor. Sorghum headed this week rates 80 percent, coloring at 71, mature at 58 and harvested at 48 percent compared to 45 last year and 35 the average. Sorghum condition rates 33 good to excellent, 34 fair and 33 poor to very poor. Soybeans blooming this week is reported at 83 percent, below last year by 2 and ahead of the average by 4. Setting pods this week is at 52, better than the prior year and normal by 3 points. Soybeans condition this week is at 24 good to excellent, 62 fair and 14 poor to very poor. Pasture and rangeland this week is at 13 good to excellent, 37 fair and 50 poor to very poor.

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

Pasture and range conditions across the Southern Plains continue to plummet again this week in the wake of intensifying drought conditions in parts of the region. Comparing this week to last, we see a 7-point drop in the combined good to excellent rating in Oklahoma with this week at 30 percent and last week at 37 percent. Kansas rates at 29 percent good to excellent this week, a 1-point improvement from last week’s 28 percent combined rating. Texas, however, dropped 8 points this week compared to last week at 13 percent good to excellent, next to last week’s 21 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, tied this time by Missouri also at 69 percent poor to very poor.


Progress Slows in Farm Country as Summer Doldrums Set in, According to Latest USDA Crop Report


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