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Another Outstanding Week of Progress for the US Corn and Soybean Crops, According to the USDA

Mon, 06 Aug 2018 17:21:20 CDT

Another Outstanding Week of Progress for the US Corn and Soybean Crops, According to the USDA On Monday, August 06, 2018 the US Department of Agriculture released its latest Crop Progress report. According to it, 96 percent of the US corn crop is silking, ahead of last year and the average by 4 points. Corn dough is well above last year by 18 and the average by 20 at 57 percent this week. Corn dented is double this time last year and normal at 12 percent. Cornís condition in the US this week rates, 71 good to excellent, 19 fair and 10 poor to very poor. The US soybean crop is at 92 percent blooming ahead of 89 last year and 86 the average. Setting pods is 8 above last year at 75 this week, compared to 58 the average. Nationally, the soybean crop is rated at 67 percent good to excellent, 23 fair and 10 poor to very poor.

Click here to review the complete crop progress report for this week, released on Monday, August 06, 2018.

Looking in on our three-state region across the Southern Plains -

In Oklahoma, corn silk reached 94 percent, up 1 point from the previous year and up 3 points from normal. Corn dough reached 56 percent, up 6 points from the previous year. Corn dented reached 7 percent. Cornís condition this week rates 72 percent good to excellent, 19 fair and 9 poor to very poor. Sorghum headed reached 57 percent, down 3 points from the previous year. Sorghum coloring reached 29 percent, down 3 points from the previous year. Sorghum mature reached 1 percent, up 1 point from the previous year. Sorghumís condition rates 52 good to excellent, 40 fair and 8 poor to very poor. Soybeans blooming reached 63 percent, up 18 points from the previous year. Soybeans setting pods reached 24 percent, unchanged from the previous year. Soybeanís condition is currently, 48 good to excellent, 37 fair, 15 poor to very poor. Cotton squaring reached 88 percent, down 6 points from the previous year. Cotton setting bolls reached 46 percent, up 6 points from the previous year but unchanged from normal. Cotton is rated this week at 32 good to excellent, 38 fair and 30 poor to very poor. Conditions of pasture and range were rated at 74 percent good to fair.

Click here for a look at the complete report for Oklahoma.

In Kansas, corn condition rated 8 percent very poor, 15 poor, 29 fair, 41 good, and 7 excellent. Corn silking was 96 percent, ahead of 89 last year, and near 92 for the five-year average. Dough was 65 percent, ahead of 48 both last year and average. Dented was 23 percent, ahead of 9 last year and 7 average. Soybean condition rated 6 percent very poor, 15 poor, 36 fair, 39 good, and 4 excellent. Soybeans blooming was 89 percent, ahead of 83 last year and 75 average. Setting pods was 63 percent, ahead of 48 last year, and well ahead of 38 average. Sorghum condition rated 2 percent very poor, 6 poor, 30 fair, 53 good, and 9 excellent. Sorghum headed was 58 percent, ahead of 41 last year and 42 average. Coloring was 6 percent, near 2 last year and 3 average. Cotton condition rated 1 percent very poor, 3 poor, 29 fair, 55 good, and 12 excellent. Cotton squaring was 96 percent, well ahead of 68 last year and 73 average. Setting bolls was 34 percent, ahead of 28 last year and 24 average. Pasture and range conditions rated 13 percent very poor, 22 poor, 36 fair, 27 good, and 2 excellent.

Click here to review the complete report for Kansas this week.

Finally, across Texas, dryland cotton in the Plains remained in mostly poor condition, while irrigated cotton was progressing well and setting bolls, as harvest continued in the Coastal Bend, South Texas and the Lower Valley. Corn silked is currently at 92 percent, 6 behind last yearís 98 and 5 behind normal. Dough is at 86 percent this week, well above last yearís 65 and the average of 77. Dented rates at 70 percent, above 58 last year and 61 the average. Mature is at 51 percent, on par with last year and near 49 the average. Harvested is 30 percent complete, same as last year and above normal by 11 points. Cornís condition in the state is 31 percent good to excellent, 37 fair and 32 poor to very poor. Cotton squaring this week rates 90 percent, near 89 last year and 93 on average. Setting bolls is at 47, between 43 last year and 52 the average. Bolls opening is at 14 percent complete, modestly ahead of 12 last year and 10 the average. Harvest is at only 2 percent this week, still ahead of 1 last year and 0 on the five-year average. Cottonís condition rates 49 poor to very poor, 30 fair and 21 good to excellent. Sorghum headed is 86 complete this week, one better than last year and normal. Coloring is at 76 percent, better than normal by 6 points and ahead of 61 last year. Mature is at 60, better than last year by 6 and the average by 5. Harvested is at 57, above last yearís 49 and 41 the average. Sorghumís condition rates 38 poor to very poor, 37 fair and 25 good to excellent. Soybeans blooming are at 95 percent complete, 6 points above the same time last year and 11 above normal. Setting pods is at 65 percent, compared to 73 last year and 63 the average. Harvested is at 14, same as last year and twice that of normal. Condition of the crop rates 20 good to excellent, 64 fair and 16 poor to very poor.

Click here to read the complete crop progress report for Texas this week.

Pasture and range conditions across the Southern Plains this week have mixed progress. Oklahoma actually improved by 2 percentage points over the past week, up from 30 to 32 this week. Kansas made sideways progress, neither improving nor declining from last week, but steady at 29 percent good to excellent. Texas, however, dropped another 2 points since the last report, down to 11 from 13 percent. Arizona again leads the way in the worst category with a 98 percent poor to very poor rating. Missouri comes in second place at 73 percent poor to very poor, followed by New Mexico at 60 percent.



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