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US Corn and Soybean Crops Continue Remarkable Progress as Pasture Conditions Begin to Falter

Mon, 16 Jul 2018 17:46:09 CDT

US Corn and Soybean Crops Continue Remarkable Progress as Pasture Conditions Begin to Falter The US Department of Agriculture released Monday, July 16, 2018 its latest Crop Progress report according to which the US corn crop is denoted as being 63 percent complete in the silking stage, well above both last year and the five-year average of 37 with a crop condition of 9 percent poor to very poor, 19 percent fair and 72 percent good to excellent. In the meantime, the US soybean crop is 65 percent blooming, ahead of last year by 16 and the average by 20 points. Setting pods is at 26 percent this week, 11 points ahead of last year and 15 points ahead of the average. Soybean’s condition this week rates at 8 percent poor to very poor, 23 fair and 69 percent good to excellent.

Click or tap here to view the complete USDA Crop Progress report, released Monday, July 16, 2018.

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

In Oklahoma, corn silking reached 60 percent, up 12 points from the previous year. Sorghum headed reached 31 percent, up 6 points from the previous year. Sorghum coloring reached 8 percent, down 1 point from the previous year. Sorghum’s condition rates this week 7 percent poor to very poor, 39 percent fair and 54 percent good to excellent. Soybeans emerged reached 95 percent, up 11 points from the previous year. Soybeans blooming reached 17 percent, up 9 points from the previous year. Soybeans setting pods reached 5 percent, up 2 points from the previous year. Cotton squaring reached 55 percent, up 6 points from the previous year. Cotton setting bolls reached 15 percent, unchanged from the previous year but up 2 points from normal. Cotton’s condition this week rates at 41 poor to very poor, 43 fair and 16 good to excellent. Conditions of pasture and range were rated at 22 percent poor to very poor, 30 fair and 47 good to excellent.

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

In Kansas, winter wheat harvested was 99 percent, near 97 last year and 95 for the five-year average. Corn condition rated 6 percent very poor, 14 poor, 32 fair, 42 good, and 6 excellent. Corn silking was 64 percent, ahead of 52 last year and 53 average. Dough was 17 percent, ahead of 5 last year and 7 average. Soybean condition rated 3 percent very poor, 12 poor, 40 fair, 41 good, and 4 excellent. Soybeans blooming was 59 percent, ahead of 42 last year, and well ahead of 31 average. Setting pods was 13 percent, ahead of 6 last year and 4 average. Sorghum condition rated 2 percent very poor, 5 poor, 34 fair, 54 good, and 5 excellent. Sorghum headed was 10 percent, ahead of 5 both last year and average. Cotton condition rated 1 percent very poor, 3 poor, 33 fair, 56 good, and 7 excellent. Cotton squaring was 69 percent, well ahead of 25 last year and 35 average. Setting bolls was 2 percent, equal to average. Pasture and range conditions rated 8 percent very poor, 23 poor, 40 fair, 27 good, and 2 excellent.

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

And across Texas, the 2018 winter wheat harvest is almost complete, while cotton has mixed progress and corn and sorghum harvest gets underway in certain areas of the state. Corn silking in Texas is at 76 percent complete this week compared to 69 last year and 75 the average. Dough is at 56, even with last year and the average. Dented has reached 51 percent complete this week, near 52 last year and ahead of 46 the average. Mature is at 27 currently, just above last year’s 24 and 25 for the average. Corn’s condition in Texas rates 32 poor to very poor, 35 fair and 33 good to excellent. Cotton is now 66 percent squaring, ahead of 64 last year and 63 the average. Setting bolls has reached 23, above 20 last year and 17 the average. Bolls opening is currently at 7 percent, slightly above last year and the average by 3 and 4 respectively. Cotton’s condition rates this week at 42 poor to very poor, 35 fair and 23 good to excellent. Sorghum headed is now at 70, versus 73 last year and 69 the average. Coloring at 60, compared to 57 last year and 54 for the average. Mature is at 53 this week, ahead of 45 the year prior and 41 the average. Harvested has reached 35, better than last year by 4 and the average by 12. Sorghum’s condition rates 35 poor to very poor, 40 fair and 25 good to excellent. Soybeans blooming is now at 67 near 64 last year and 58 the average. Setting pods at 34 currently, with last year’s 19 and the average of 20. The crop’s current condition rates 14 poor to very poor, 64 fair and 22 good to excellent. Finally, winter wheat harvest is now at 95 percent compared to 100 this time last year and 98 for the five-year average with a current crop condition of 50 percent poor to very poor, 31 fair and 19 percent good to excellent. The condition of range and pastureland in Texas rates this week at 37 percent poor to very poor, 35 fair and 28 good to excellent.

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 seems to be giving way to the pressures of intensifying drought, especially in Kansas and Texas. Oklahoma on the other hand is still remaining somewhat firm. Comparing this week to the same time last year in Oklahoma, we see a 5-point spread in the combined good to excellent rating with this week at 48 percent and last year at 53 percent. Kansas rates at 29 percent good to excellent this week, leaving a 43-point deficit from last year’s 72 percent good to excellent. Finally, Texas has dropped dramatically this week compared to last week at just 28 percent good to excellent, 20 points under last year’s rating of 48 percent. Arizona remains at the bottom of the national comparison with a poor to very poor rating of 88 percent, currently. The nearest state beyond that is New Mexico with 65 percent of its rangeland rated poor to very poor, followed closely by Missouri at 61 percent.



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