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Latest U.S. Crop Progress Report Shows The Cotton Crop Struggling As Wheat Harvest Quickly Moves Ahead

Mon, 22 Jun 2020 16:38:43 CDT

Latest U.S. Crop Progress Report Shows The Cotton Crop Struggling As Wheat Harvest Quickly Moves Ahead The nationís cotton crop is struggling to get a good foothold as the growing season moves into the summer months according to the latest USDA Crop Progress Report.

In the 15 major cotton states, which includes Oklahoma, the crop is rated 40 percent in the good to excellent category, down 3 points from last week and 10 points from a year ago. The Texas crop is showing the most challenges as only 23 percent is rated good to excellent, 37 percent fair and 40 percent poor to very poor.

Meanwhile, the U.S. corn and soybean crops are in good shape.

In the 18 major corn states the crop is rated 72 percent in the good to excellent category, a 1-point improvement from last week. The balance is rated 23 percent fair and 5 percent poor to very poor.

The soybean crop is rated 70 percent in the good to excellent category (72 percent last week), 25 percent fair and 5 percent poor to very poor.

The U.S. grain sorghum crop 48 percent good to excellent, the same as last week.

Combines are rapidly chewing through the nationís winter wheat crop as harvest is 29 percent complete with Texas and Oklahoma both 85 percent finished. All marks are well ahead of the 5-year average.

To view the national crop progress report, click here.

Specifically, Oklahoma wheat harvested, at 85 percent, is up 50 points from the previous year (remember all the rain we struggled with last year?) and up 20 points from normal.

Cotton acres planted reached 87 percent, up 4 points from the previous year but down 3 points from normal.

The Oklahoma cotton crop is rated 31 percent good and no acres are in the excellent category this week. Most of the crop, at 68 percent, is considered fair.

Oklahoma grain sorghum farmers have planted 77 percent of their crop, up 18 points from the previous year and up 3 points from normal.

Soybeans planted reached 77 percent, up 26 points from the previous year and up 8 points from normal.
The first cutting of Oklahoma alfalfa hay reached 87 percent, up 8 points from the previous year but down 4 points from normal. The second cutting of alfalfa hay reached 44 percent, up 16 points from the previous year and up 7 points from normal.

The first cutting of other hay reached 72 percent, up 9 points from the previous year and up 1 point from normal.

Oklahoma pasture and range conditions are rated at 40 percent good to excellent, down 2 points from last week, 39 is percent fair and 21 percent is poor to very poor this week.

To view the Oklahoma crop progress report, click here.

Kansas wheat producers have harvested 25 percent of their crop, well ahead of just 4 percent at this time last year and 24 percent for the five-year average.

The Kansas corn crop is rated 54 percent good to excellent,36 percent fair and 10 percent poor to very poor.

The soybean crop is rated 68 percent good to excellent this week, 28 percent is fair and 4 percent is poor to very poor.

The grain sorghum crop is rated 48 percent good to excellent, 44 percent fair and 8 percent is poor to very poor.

The Kansas cotton crop is rated 48 percent good to excellent, 44 percent fair and 8 percent is poor to very poor.

Pasture and range conditions in the Sunflower State are rated 50 percent in the good to excellent category, 34 percent fair and 16 percent is considered poor to very poor.

To view the Kansas report, click here.

For our neighbors to the south, wheat harvest is nearing completion at 85 percent. Harvest has progressed rapidly in the Northern High Plains region of Texas with only a few fields remaining in the Southern High Plains and Low Plains.

Row crops continued to progress in most areas of the state while some planting of cotton and sorghum continued. Dry land cotton suffered from hot, windy, and dry conditions in areas of the Northern and Southern High Plains regions.

Some cotton producers in the Northern Plains had to replant due to poor stands, while some in the Northern High Plains replanted an alternative crop.

Corn progressed well in areas with adequate irrigation water but suffered from heat stress in other areas of the Northern High Plains.

Pasture and range conditions are rated 28 percent in the good to excellent category, a 3-point drop from last week, 40 percent is rated fair and 32 percent is considered in poor to very condition this week.

Texas farmers have reported grasshopper infestations and hay meadows were treated in areas of North East Texas, while hog damage to fields continued to be a challenge.

To view the Texas report, click here.


   

 

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