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Early March Wheat Crop Conditions Not Much Different Versus 2019 Ratings

Mon, 02 Mar 2020 18:21:42 CST

Early March Wheat Crop Conditions Not Much Different Versus 2019 Ratings 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 2, 2020 the first round of weekly state progress reports.

In Oklahoma, Temperatures warmed up by the weekend in Oklahoma, with highs in the 60’s across most of the state. Rainfall totals averaged 0.14 of an inch across the state last week, with the Northeast district recording
the highest totals at 0.49 of an inch. According to the February 25, US Drought Monitor Report, drought conditions were rated 13 percent abnormally dry to exceptional drought, down 1 point from the previous week. Additionally, 5 percent of the state was in the moderate drought to exceptional drought category, unchanged from the previous week. Statewide, temperatures averaged in the mid 40’s. Topsoil and subsoil moisture conditions were rated mostly adequate to short. There were 4.6 days suitable for fieldwork.

The 2020 Winter Wheat Crop in Oklahoma is 57% in good to excellent condition, 32% fair and 11% in poor to very poor condition. That compares to 53% in good to excellent condition in the first March report of 2019. Winter wheat grazed reached 60 percent, up 5 points from the previous year. Rye grazed reached 57 percent, up 27 points from the previous year but down 7 points from normal. Oats grazed reached 42 percent, up 8 points from the previous year and up 3 points from normal. Pasture and range condition was rated at 37 percent good to excellent. Livestock condition was rated at 91 percent good to fair.

Click here for a complete look at this week’s USDA Crop Progress Report for Oklahoma.

Based on the available information out from Kansas, - For the week ending March 1, 2020, there were
3.1 days suitable for fieldwork, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service.
Topsoil moisture supplies rated 5 percent very short, 15 short, 64 adequate, and 16 surplus.
Subsoil moisture supplies rated 7 percent very short, 13 short, 69 adequate, and 11 surplus.

Field Crops Report: Winter wheat condition rated 43% good to excellent, 37 percent fair and 20 percent poor to very poor.

Click here for a complete look at this week’s USDA Crop Progress Report for Kansas.

Finally, across Texas, Most of the state received from no rain to trace amounts of 0.10 of an inch of precipitation. Some counties in the Upper Coast and South East Texas received in excess of 1.5 to 3.0 inches. There were 5.8 days suitable for fieldwork.

Small Grains: Winter wheat conditions improved in areas of the Southern and Northern High Plains where
moisture was received, while other areas still required moisture. Small grains in the Blacklands, the Cross
Timbers, and the Low Plains continued to improve. Winter wheat in the Edwards Plateau reached the boot
stage. Meanwhile, wheat and oats in South Central Texas continued to progress.

Statewide, the Texas wheat crop is rated 36% good to excellent, 41% fair and 23% in poor to very poor condiiton. Those ratings were similar to the wheat crop ratings of early March 2019.

Click here for a complete look at this week’s USDA Crop Progress Report for Texas.



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