Spring Planted Crops Pacing Ahead of Year Ago and Five Year Average Numbers as We Hit the Home Stretch Ahead of HarvestMon, 27 Aug 2018 17:32:19 CDT
The latest USDA Crop Progress report for the week ending Aug. 26, released Monday afternoon, showed soybean condition improve by a point, while corn made a more complicated move, losing a point rated “good” but picking up a point rated “excellent.”
For corn quality, USDA rated 47% of the crop good and another 21% rated excellent, versus 48% and 20% the week prior. Another 20% of the crop is rated poor, with the remaining 12% rated poor or very poor – all unchanged from a week ago.
92% of the corn crop is now at dough stage, versus 85% a week ago and 2017’s pace of 85%. Another 61% of the crop is at dented stage, up from 44% a week ago and well ahead of last year’s pace of 42%. And USDA considers 10% of the crop mature, up from 5% a week ago and ahead of the five-year average, also at 5%.
Soybean crop quality moved from 67% rated in good-to-excellent condition the week prior to 68%. Another 23% of the crop is rated fair (down 1 point from the week prior), with the remaining 11% rated poor or very poor (unchanged from the week prior).
The soybean crop remains ahead of normal development- with 95% of the crop setting pods, which is up from 91% a week ago, and moderately ahead of 2017’s pace of 92% and the five-year average of 90%. Another 7% of the crop is now dropping leaves, also up from 2017’s pace of 5% and the five-year average of 4%.
The sorghum harvest is also underway, reaching 20% complete – in line with 2017’s pace of 21% and the five-year average of 21%.
Farther south, the U.S. cotton crop nears harvest, with 21% of the crop at open-boll stage. That’s slightly ahead of 2017’s pace of 17% and the five-year average of 18%.
Click or tap here for the final national Crop Progresss report for August, 2018.
Looking at our state Crop Progress releases-
First in Oklahoma, the crop that is really looking great is the grain sorghum crop- now rated in 73 percent in good to excellent shape despite the fact that it is slightly behind a year ago and the five year average- it is now 87 percent headed, down 1 point from the previous year. Sorghum coloring reached 43 percent, down 8 points from the previous year and down 7 points from normal. Sorghum mature reached 14 percent, unchanged from the previous year.
For a complete look at the latest Oklahoma Crop Weather Report- click or tap here.
The 2018 Kansas Corn Crop Harvest is underway, with the latest Crop Progress report for the state showing corn two percent harvested. The corn condition rated 10 percent very poor, 17 poor, 27 fair, 39 good, and 7 excellent. Corn dough was 92 percent, near 88 last year and 89 for the five-year average. Dented was 71 percent, ahead of 55 last year and 54 average. Mature was 23 percent, ahead of 13 last year and 11 average.
Click or tap here to review all the details of the the August 27th Kansas Crop Progress report.
Finally in Texas- we focus on harvest of most of our spring crops- grain sorghum is approaching two thirds complete- with 62% now harvested, while the corn crop has just crossed the half done marker- with 52% of the crop in the bin. Texas farmers are in the early stages of cotton and soybean harvest- at nine percent and ten percent respectively.
Click or tap here to review the full state report for Texas agriculture that is dated August 27th.
Pasture and Range Conditions have remained unchanged nationally for the last three weeks- but in Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri- things are improving even as Texas is showing a worsening range condition- especially if you consider the poor to very poor rankings. Compared to a week ago, Oklahoma jumps in pasture and range ratings by anotherseven points- now up to 49% good to excellent- and that is 19 points better than the end of July. Kansas reponded to recent rains and now is up to a 39% good to excellent rating for pastures- also seven points better than last week and ten points improved compared to the end of July.
Even Missouri has edged higher- and now has several states on both coasts that have worse ratings than the Show Me State- Missouri now stands at 12 percent good to excellent- five points better than last week- with the poor to very poor Pasture ratings improving by eight points- from 72% poor to very poor last week to 64% poor to very poor this week.
Our neighbors in Texas have headed downward in Pasture conditions- now at 55% poor to very poor versus 51% last week and 50% at the end of July- 12% of the Texas rangeland is called good to excellent- one point down this week versus last.
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