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Oklahoma Wheat Conditions 74 Percent Good to Excellent, Southern Texas Already Has Areas of Heading

Tue, 26 Mar 2019 05:42:59 CDT

Oklahoma Wheat Conditions 74 Percent Good to Excellent, Southern Texas Already Has Areas of Heading
Nationally, there’s still a wait for the United States Department of Agriculture's first Pasture and Range ratings report for 2019 - not scheduled for release Monday, April 1st. The USDA did give producers a weekly crop progress report from a state-by-state perspective on wheat crop and pasture conditions for the week ending March 24.


Oklahoma continued to warm statewide. Winter wheat jointing progressed from 20 last week to now reaching 28 percent, stilldown 6 points from the previous year and down 10 points from normal. Winter wheat rating put 74 percent Good-Excellent, 24 percent Fair, and just 2 percent looking Poor. The Wheat Good to excellent reading stood at 60% a week ago- and one year ago- the 2018 wheat crop was rated in the last week of March as being just 9% good (nothing excellent) and 54% rated poor to very poor.

Pasture and range condition were rated at 50 percent good to excellent. One year ago- the pasture and range ratings were showing nothing in excellent shape and just 23% was rated in good condition.


Click or tap here to review the latest USDA Crop Progress report on Oklahoma.


Small grains condition was mostly good in the Blacklands, the Cross Timbers, and the Edwards Plateau. Texas winter wheat rated 39 percent Good-Excellent, 39 percent Fair, 22 percent Poor-Very Poor. Freeze damage was detected in some small grain fields in the Cross Timbers. Little to no rainfall in Texas is creating areas of severe drought. Wheat producers continued to apply irrigation, fertilizer, and weed control in areas of the Northern High Plains. Recent rains and warmer temperatures improved wheat condition in the Low Plains. Freeze damage was reported in wheat in areas of South Central Texas. Wheat was in the heading stage in the Coastal Bend and South Texas.


Livestock condition across the state remained mostly fair to good. Use of supplemental feed, while continuing, had decreased across much of the state. Wild hogs are still causing problems in North East Texas. Pasture and range condition was rated 73 percent fair to good.


Planting continues for cotton, corn, rice, and sorghum in areas across the lonestar state. Corn and sorghum officially have begun emerging in the Coastal Bend and the Blacklands. Spinach harvest continued. Growth of onions and cabbage continued to progress.


Click or tap here to review the latest USDA Crop Progress report on Texas.


Finally, based on the limited information out from Kansas, Winter wheat condition rated 3 percent very poor, 8 poor, 37 fair, 45 good, and 7 excellent. Only trace amounts of improvement from last week.


Click or tap here to review the latest USDA Crop Progress report on Kansas.



   

 

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