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Situation Grows Critical as Planting Window Narrows and Another Week of Little Progress Passes

Mon, 06 May 2019 17:19:31 CDT

Situation Grows Critical as Planting Window Narrows and Another Week of Little Progress Passes The United States Department of Agriculture released its latest Crop Progress report on Monday for the week ending on May 5, 2019. According to the report, the US corn crop is still well-behind its normal planting progress for this time. In addition, the US soybean crop has made little progress in the past week, putting it further behind its normal rate of planting progress as well. Meanwhile, the US HRW wheat crop continues to outshine last year’s crop in terms of condition but has yet to achieve its normal rate of growth development. As of this week, the US corn crop is 23 percent planted, up from 15 percent last week and still trailing the five-year average of 46 percent. Illinois’ planting is up just 1 percent from last week from 9 to 10 percent versus 68 percent last year at this time and 66 percent the average. Iowa is the leader this week, at 36 percent complete with its planting, though still behind its average of 51 percent. Neither Indiana, Ohio nor Michigan made much significant progress over the past week. At this point, only 6 percent of the crop has emerged, compared to the normal rate of 13 percent. Planting of the US soybean crop remains unimpressive this week, up just 3 percent from last week, now at 6 percent complete and behind the average of 14 percent. Very little progress has occurred from Illinois, east. Producers are hopeful rains can be dodged over the next week with the situation becoming critical as the planting window continues to narrow. At present, the US HRW wheat crop is 29 percent headed, trailing its normal pace of 41 percent, but just behind last year’s pace of 31 percent. The crop currently remains in relatively good condition, rated this week at just 8 percent poor to very, 28 fair and 64 percent good to excellent.


Click here to review the complete USDA Crop Progress Report for Monday, May 06, 2019.


Looking at our three-state region across the Southern Plains -


In Oklahoma, winter wheat jointing reached 96 percent, up 3 points from the previous year but on par with normal. Winter wheat headed reached 64 percent, down 10 points from the previous year and behind the average by 19 points. Wheat’s condition this week declined by 5 points compared to last week with the crop now only 74 percent good to excellent, 22 fair and 4 poor to very poor, up 2 points from the last report. Corn planted reached 40 percent, down 16 points from the previous year and down 23 points from normal. Corn emerged reached 18 percent, down 3 points from the previous year and down 21 points from normal. Sorghum planted reached 11 percent, down 5 points from the previous year and down 11 points from normal. Soybeans planted reached 10 percent, down 2 points from the previous year and 3 points behind the average. Cotton planted reached 7 percent, down 1 point from the previous year and down 4 points from normal. Pasture and range conditions have moderate some since last week dropping its good to excellent rating from 64 percent last week to 51 this week, 32 fair and adding marginally to the bottom of the scale at 7 percent poor to very poor this week.


For Oklahoma’s complete Crop Progress report, click or tap here.


In Kansas, limited information indicates that winter wheat’s condition improved slightly this week subtracting one point from the end of the scale which now has 2 percent very poor, 8 poor, 32 fair, 47 good, and 11 excellent. Winter wheat jointed was 80 percent, ahead of 71 last year, but behind 87 for the five-year average. Headed was 14 percent, near 17 last year, and well behind 41 average. Corn planted was 41 percent, near 44 last year, and behind 51 average. Emerged was 16 percent, equal to last year, and behind 23 average. Soybeans planted was 5 percent, near 7 last year and 6 average. Sorghum planted was 1 percent, equal to both last year and average. Cotton planted was 4 percent, near 2 last year and 3 average. This report offers its first indication of pasture and range conditions, rating this week 1 percent very poor, 3 poor, 31 fair, 52 good, and 13 excellent.


For Kansas’ complete Crop Progress report, click or tap here.


Finally, in Texas, winter wheat fields are progressing on the High Plains but sustained hail damage in areas of the Southern Low Plains. Meanwhile, cotton planting is starting in the High Plains while wet conditions have slowed planting in other areas. Winter wheat headed in Texas this week reached 77 percent, up 4 points from last year and above the average by 1 point. Wheat’s condition in Texas has improved since last week, up 2 points to 63 percent good to excellent, 29 fair and 8 percent poor to very poor. Corn planted this week reached 70 percent complete, behind 79 last year and 73 the average. Corn emerged reached 61 percent this week, ahead of 54 last year and 59 the average. Corn in Texas is now 1 percent silked as of this week, a little late compared to 10 last year and 4 the average. Corn’s condition this week rates 12 excellent, 54 good, 31 fair and 3 percent poor to very poor. Cotton planted reached 16 percent this week, compared to 18 last year and 16 on average. Cotton squaring has just begun at 1 percent as is typical this time of year. Sorghum planted is at 70 percent, behind last year’s 84 percent and the average of 71 percent. Sorghum headed is at 5 percent, behind last year by 2 but ahead of normal by 2. Sorghum’s condition rates 13 excellent, 50 good, 36 fair and 1 percent poor to very poor. Pasture and range in Texas this week rates 13 excellent, 47 good, 31 fair and 9 percent poor to very poor - a slight moderation though a positive move up from 10 percent poor to very poor last week.


For Texas’ complete Crop Progress report, click or tap here.




   

 

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