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Corn Planting Nearing Completion As Wheat Harvest Begins in Southern Texas

Mon, 18 May 2020 16:12:43 CDT

Corn Planting Nearing Completion As Wheat Harvest Begins in Southern Texas In just a matter of a few weeks, U.S. corn farmers have gone from being behind schedule to ahead of the average as this week’s USDA Crop Progress Report shows corn planting in the 18 major sates is now at 80 percent, or abut 10 percent ahead of the 5-year average. Iowa is at 96 percent planted, Nebraska stands at 91 percent and Illinois is at 83 percent, all ahead of the average. North Dakota, Pennsylvania and Tennessee are the only states lagging below average.

Likewise, soybean planting, standing at 53 percent, is ahead of schedule in the major growing areas.

Cotton planting is at 44 percent in the 15 major states, or about 4 points ahead of the average.

Grain sorghum planting is about the only crop behind normal, but just barely, as farmers in the six major states have planted 32 percent of the crop, just 2 points behind normal.

The nation’s winter wheat crop is rapidly maturing as harvest has started in southern Texas. The crop is rated 52 percent good to excellent, a one-point drop from last week. Oklahoma continues to have the highest rated crop in the High Plains, as 53 percent is rated in the good to excellent category this week, a 3-point drop from last week. The rest of the Oklahoma crop is rated 40 percent fair (33 percent last week) and 7 percent is poor to very poor (11 percent last week).

The photo with this story is from Jimmy Wayne Kinder’s farm near Walters in southern Oklahoma.

To view the national crop progress report, click here.

In Oklahoma winter wheat headed reached 93 percent, unchanged from the previous year but down 2 points from normal.

Oklahoma corn farmers have planted 75 percent of their crop, up 23 points from the previous year and up 6 points from normal.

Cotton planted reached 8 percent, down 1 point from the previous year and down 17 points from normal.

Pasture and range conditions in Oklahoma were rated at 88 percent good to fair. Livestock condition was rated at 95 percent good to fair.

To view the Oklahoma crop progress report, click here.

In Kansas the winter wheat crop is rated 40 percent good to excellent (a 2-point improvement from last week) with 23 percent poor to very poor.

Corn planted was 74 percent, ahead of 57 percent last year, and near the 72 percent average.

Soybeans planted was 37 percent, well ahead of 14 percent last year, and ahead of the 22 percent average.

Pasture and range conditions are rated 53 percent good to excellent, 34 percent fair and 13 percent poor to very poor.

To view the Kansas report, click here.

In Texas, wheat harvest progressed in some areas of the state, while producers waited for fields to mature in other areas. Haying and grazing of winter wheat continued in areas of the Northern Plains and the Edwards Plateau. Winter wheat harvest was delayed by wet conditions in areas of the Southern Low Plains and South East Texas. Irrigated wheat in South Texas is expected to be harvested in the next two weeks.

Row crop planting progressed in the High and Low Plains. Hail and heavy rains damaged cotton in some areas of the Southern High Plains. Sorghum producers in the Cross Timbers continued planting. Late planted corn struggled to catch up to normal in areas of the Blacklands. Some cotton fields in the Edwards Plateau awaited more moisture for future plantings.
Livestock were rated in fair to good condition. Supplemental feeding slowed in many areas. Pasture and range conditions were rated mostly fair to good.

To view the Texas crop report, click here.



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