Wheat Holding Up Reasonably Well this Winter, Only Marginal Deterioration Noted in Crop ReportMon, 04 Mar 2019 16:45:41 CST
The United States Department of Agriculture gave producers their first look at the current wheat crop and pasture conditions since the winter reporting hiatus began, releasing Monday, March 4, 2019 the first round of weekly state progress reports. USDA’s first national crop progress report for 2019 is not scheduled for release until Monday, April 1st. According to the information in this week’s reports in a side-by-side comparison of the last progress reports published on November 25, 2018, the Southern Plains has seen only minor deterioration in the condition of wheat fields over the last few months.
In Oklahoma, winter wheat’s condition fell just 3 points from its last reported good to excellent score of 56 in November to 53 this week, with 36 percent of the crop scored in fair condition (up from 25 percent in November) and at only 11 percent poor to very poor (down from 19 in the last report). Currently, 47 percent of the state’s wheat crop has been grazed, same as this time last year. Pasture and range conditions for this week rate currently at 18 percent poor to very poor, 44 fair and 38 percent good to excellent. This is only a slight adjustment down from last year’s 43 percent good to excellent rating, though the poor to very poor rating remains unchanged.
Click here for a complete look at this week’s USDA Crop Progress Report for Oklahoma.
Based on the available information out from Kansas, winter wheat in the Sunflower State actually rallied in its poor to very poor rating these last few months improving from 16 percent poor to very poor to only 9 percent this week with 42 percent of the crop rated fair up from 38 percent last November and 41 percent rated in good to excellent condition - down from 46 percent in the last report.
Click here for a complete look at this week’s USDA Crop Progress Report for Kansas.
Finally, across Texas, a small decrease in winter wheat quality is noted this week. The state’s poor to very poor rating has increased since November up from 16 to 24 percent this week, up 4 points in the fair category to 40 percent and down 12 points from the previous report to 36 percent good to excellent. Pasture and range quality in Texas has also slid over the winter dropping from 39 percent good to excellent in November to 35 percent, down from 43 percent fair to 37 percent this week and adding 10 points to the poor to very poor rating for a final 28 percent this week at the low end of the scale.
Click here for a complete look at this week’s USDA Crop Progress Report for Texas.
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