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Range Conditions in the Plains Continue to Improve this Week as Corn, Soybeans Race to Maturity

Mon, 20 Aug 2018 17:11:23 CDT

Range Conditions in the Plains Continue to Improve this Week as Corn, Soybeans Race to Maturity On Monday, August 20, 2018 the US Department of Agriculture released its latest Crop Progress report according to which 85 percent of the US corn crop has reached the dough stage, 11 points ahead of this time last year and 13 points better than normal. Dented is at 44 percent this week, compared to 27 last year and 26 for the five-year average. Corn’s condition is rated currently at 12 percent poor to very poor, 20 fair and 68 good to excellent. Meanwhile, 91 percent of the US soybean crop is setting pods, 5 points better than last year and 8 points above the average. Soybean’s condition this week rates 11 percent poor to very poor, 24 fair and 65 percent good to excellent.

To review this week’s complete USDA Crop Progress report released on Monday, August 20, 2018, click here.

Taking a look at our three-state region here in the Southern Plains-

In Oklahoma, corn dough reached 83 percent, unchanged from the previous year but up 5 points from normal. Corn dented reached 40 percent, down 10 points from the previous year and down 6 points from normal. Corn’s condition rates this week at 7 percent poor to very poor, 13 fair and 80 good to excellent. Sorghum headed reached 76 percent, down 1 point from the previous year. Sorghum coloring reached 37 percent, down 10 points from the previous year and down 3 points from normal. Sorghum mature reached 8 percent, down 1 point from the previous year. Sorghum’s condition this week rates 7 poor to very poor, 24 fair and 69 percent good to excellent. Soybeans blooming reached 82 percent, up 3 points from the previous year and up 10 points from normal. Soybeans setting pods reached 45 percent, down 7 points from the previous year. Soybean’s condition in Oklahoma rates 11 poor to very poor, 31 fair and 58 good to excellent. Cotton bolls opening reached 6 percent, up 3 points from the previous year and up 3 points from normal. Cotton’s condition rates 42 percent poor to very poor, 37 fair and 21 good to excellent. Conditions of pasture and range were rated at 21 percent good to excellent, 37 fair and 42 good to excellent.

To review this week’s complete Crop Progress report for Oklahoma, click here.

In Kansas, corn’s condition rated 9 percent very poor, 17 poor, 28 fair, 39 good, and 7 excellent. Corn dough was 88 percent, ahead of 81 both last year and for the five-year average. Dented was 58 percent, well ahead of 38 last year and 36 average. Mature was 14 percent, ahead of 3 last year and 4 average. Harvested was 1 percent. Soybean condition rated 6 percent very poor, 15 poor, 37 fair, 37 good, and 5 excellent. Soybeans blooming was 96 percent, near 94 last year, and ahead of 90 average. Setting pods was 82 percent, ahead of 77 last year and 67 average. Sorghum condition rated 2 percent very poor, 6 poor, 30 fair, 51 good, and 11 excellent. Sorghum headed was 85 percent, ahead of 77 last year and 78 average. Coloring was 27 percent, ahead of 10 last year and 16 average. Cotton condition rated 1 percent very poor, 2 poor, 32 fair, 53 good, and 12 excellent. Cotton setting bolls was 70 percent, well ahead of 43 last year and 47 average. Bolls opening was 2 percent, near 6 last year and 4 average. Pasture and range conditions rated 13 percent very poor, 20 poor, 35 fair, 28 good, and 4 excellent.

To review this week’s complete Crop Progress report for Kansas, click here.

And finally in Texas, field preparations continued for the 2019 wheat crop, while some producers in areas of the Northern High Plains and Edwards Plateau have already begun seeding winter wheat. This week, 93 percent of the state’s corn crop is doughing, up from 89 last year and 88 the average. Dented reached 82 this week, higher than 75 last year and 69 the average. Corn mature in Texas is at 58 percent this week, slightly below last year’s rating of 60 but on par with the five-year average. Harvest has reached 51 percent complete, just 1 point above this time last year and ahead of normal by 7 points. Corn’s condition rates this week at 36 percent poor to very poor, 35 fair and 29 percent good to excellent. Sorghum in Texas is at 90 percent headed, even with last year and five points below normal. Coloring reached 80 percent this week, 3 points ahead of both last year and the average. Mature is at 65 percent this week, just under 67 last year and 68 the average. Harvested is at 60 percent complete, ahead of last year by 5 and the average by 9 points. Sorghum’s condition rates this week at 38 percent poor to very poor, 39 fair and 23 percent good to excellent. This week, 82 percent of the state’s cotton crop is setting bolls, near 84 last year and even with the average. Bolls opening reached 19 percent this week, above last year and the average by 5 points. Harvested reached 8 percent this week, even with last year and double the normal pace. Cotton’s condition this week rates 51 percent poor to very poor, 27 fair and 22 percent good to excellent. Pasture and rangeland in Texas this week rates 51 percent poor to very poor, 36 fair and 13 good to excellent.

To review this week’s complete Crop Progress report for Texas, click here.

This week we continue to see some minor improvements across the Southern Plains from the week prior in terms of pasture and range conditions. Oklahoma climbed another 4 points this week, rising from 38 percent good to excellent up to 42 percent. Kansas improved by 1 point, from 31 percent good to excellent to 32 percent. And Texas is better this week by a single point also, up to 13 from 12 percent last week good to excellent. Arizona remains at the top of the worst list although with a slightly improved condition score of 83 percent poor to very poor compared to 88 last week. Connecticut is again the runner-up with no changes this week in its condition at 80 percent poor to very poor and is again followed by Missouri at 72 percent poor to very poor - better than last week by 4 points.



   

 

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