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Winter Wheat Planting Continues at Normal Pace in Southern Plains as Crop Conditions Hold Steady

Mon, 17 Sep 2018 18:04:00 CDT

Winter Wheat Planting Continues at Normal Pace in Southern Plains as Crop Conditions Hold Steady The latest USDA Crop Progress report, released Monday, September 17, 2018 showed only marginal adjustments in the condition of the soybean crop this week, with corn conditions holding steady while harvest continues to advance.

Corn crop ratings were unchanged from the previous week, remaining at 68% good-to-excellent while another 20% of the crop is still rated fair, with the remaining 12% rated poor or very poor.

From a state-by-state perspective, Nebraska continues to lead the charge on crop ratings in the traditional corn belt, climbing up one point to 82% good-to-excellent. Other key production states such as Illinois and Iowa also continue to see a better crop rating than the national average, while Missouri and Texas again represent the lower end of the quality spectrum, both at only 30% good-to-excellent or below.

The 2018 corn crop has essentially advanced on past the dough stage and has nearly completed the dent stage as well at 93% complete this week, compared to 84% this time last year and 86% for the five-year average. Over half the crop has reached full maturity at 54%, versus 32% a year ago and a five-year average of 36%.

Soybean crop condition for the week ending Sept. 16 held mostly steady, with 49% of the crop in good condition (down 1 point from the week prior) and 18% of the crop in excellent condition (unchanged from last week). With several states trending above the nationwide average, only Missouri (46%) has less than half of its crop in good-to-excellent condition.

USDA reports that 53% of the soybean crop is now dropping leaves, versus 31% a week ago, 38% last year and a five-year average of 36%- so the crop remains well ahead of normal crop development.

The U.S. cotton crop is also tracking ahead of normal again this week, with 49% of the crop at open-boll stage. Thatís up from 2017ís pace of 43% and just barely above the five-year average of 46%. Cotton quality actually improved some this week, though- moving from 38% in good-to-excellent condition the prior week up to 9%. Last year, 61% of the crop was in similar condition.

Nationally, the Pasture and Range ratings improved by one percentage point from a week ago- now standing at 44% in good to excellent condition- but one point under the ratings of 2017. In our region-Oklahoma Pasture and Range ratings dropped another point this week to 44% good to excellent, Texas jumps up 11 points to 31% good-to-excellent, Missouri improves by 6 percentage points to 25% good-to-excellent while Kansas climbed up one point to 47% good-to-excellent. The most awful ratings for this week can be seen in Arizona with 65% poor to very poor.

Click or tap here to review the latest USDA Crop Progress report as released on Tuesday September 17, 2018.

In Oklahoma, winter wheat planted reached 12 percent, up 2 points from the previous year and up 1 point from normal. Corn harvested reached 21 percent, down 7 points from the previous year. Sorghum harvested reached 12 percent, down 4 points from the previous year - click here to review the complete Oklahoma Crop Progress Numbers.

According to this week's Kansas Crop Progress report- winter wheat planted was 6 percent, equal to last year, and near 7 for the five-year average. Emerged was 1 percent. Corn harvested was 16 percent, near 18 last year, and equal to average. Sorghum harvested was 3 percent, near 4 last year, and equal to average - click or tap here to check out the entire report on Kansas crop conditions as of September 17th.

In Texas- some winter wheat fields in the Northern High Plains began to sprout. Small grain seedings continued in the Southern Low Plains, the Cross Timbers, the Blacklands and South Texas. Producers in areas affected by the previous weekís heavy rains were waiting for their fields to dry to start harvesting cotton. Many fields had been defoliated prior to the rain, which may cause a decrease in cotton quality. Corn harvest began in the Northern High Plains and soybean harvest was expected to start soon. Click or tap here to read the latest Texas Crop report released this week.



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