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Corn and Soybean Harvest Still in Early Stages While Wheat Planting Over a Quarter Complete in OK

Mon, 24 Sep 2018 16:28:07 CDT

Corn and Soybean Harvest Still in Early Stages While Wheat Planting Over a Quarter Complete in OK The latest USDA Crop Progress report, released Monday, September 24, 2018 showed again only marginal change in the condition of both the corn and soybean crops this week as harvest season progresses, while winter wheat planting continues to advance slightly ahead of the normal pace.

Reaching 72 percent maturity this past week, the US corn crop remained near unchanged from the previous week, improving by just one percent now at 69% good-to-excellent while 19% of the crop this week is rated fair, with the remaining 12% rated poor or very poor. Essentially, the entire crop is dented, at 97% exactly, with just 16% of the crop harvested so, up six point from the previous year and five points above the average.

From a state-by-state perspective, Nebraska has defended its lead among traditional corn belt states but stagnant from the previous report still at 82% good-to-excellent. The “I” states have also maintained a better than average crop rating, while Missouri and Texas again represent the lower end of the quality spectrum, at only 31 and 29% good-to-excellent respectively.

Soybean crop condition for the week ending Sept. 23 held mostly steady with a minor improvement, adjust the good-to-excellent total up from 67% to 68%. This report indicates that 71% of the crop is dropping leaves (up from last week’s progress of 53%), well above 60% this last year and 57% the five-year average. At this time, the 2018 US soybean harvest is still in the early stages with just 14% of it complete, but still ahead of last year’s 9% and the normal pace of 8%.

The U.S. cotton crop’s aggressive development has slowed down some this week, allowing it to fall more in line with the normal rate of things. This report shows 58% of the crop at open-boll stage, just ahead of normal by 1 and last year by 3. Cotton quality improved some again this week, moving from 29% to 32% in fair condition, while 39% of the crop remains in good-to-excellent condition. This is below last year’s condition of 60% good-to-excellent

Nationally, the Pasture and Range ratings saw little movement aside from a one-point improvement from a week ago- now standing at 45% in good to excellent condition- three points above the ratings of 2017. In our region-Oklahoma Pasture and Range ratings dropped another point this week to 43% good to excellent, Texas jumps up another 10 points this week to 41% good-to-excellent, Missouri declined by 1 point to 24% good-to-excellent while Kansas was raised from 47% to 50% good-to-excellent. The most awful ratings for this week can be seen in Arizona, although better than the week before, at 62% poor to very poor.

Click or tap here to review the latest USDA Crop Progress report as released on Tuesday September 24, 2018.

In Oklahoma, winter wheat planted reached 27 percent, up 12 points from the previous year and up 5 points from normal. Corn harvested reached 35 percent, up 5 points from the previous year. Sorghum harvested reached 20 percent, down 6 point from the previous year. Cotton harvested made the board this week coming on at 1 percent complete, unchanged from the previous year but up 1 point from normal - click here to review the complete Oklahoma Crop Progress Numbers.

According to this week's Kansas Crop Progress report- winter wheat planted was 21 percent, ahead of 13 last year and 16 for the five-year average. Emerged was 5 percent, near 3 both last year and average. Corn harvested was 30 percent, near 28 last year and 27 average. Soybean harvested was 2 percent, near 5 last year, and equal to average. Sorghum harvested was 6 percent, equal to both last year and average- click or tap here to check out the entire report on Kansas crop conditions as of September 23rd.

In Texas, winter wheat seeding continued in the Low Plains, while wheat producers in the Cross Timbers were waiting for dryer conditions to start seeding. Torrential rains in the Blacklands may necessitate re-seeding of small grain fields in areas with the highest impact from the heavy rainfall. Meanwhile, cotton bolls were opening in the Northern High Plains and defoliation was taking place in the Southern Low Plains. Wet weather halted row crops harvest in many areas of the state. Click or tap here to read the latest Texas Crop report released this week.



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