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U.S. Corn Crop Mostly Planted And In Good Shape As Wheat Harvest Moves Rapidly North

Mon, 08 Jun 2020 16:18:43 CDT

U.S. Corn Crop Mostly Planted And In Good Shape As Wheat Harvest Moves Rapidly North Farmers have basically completed corn planting for 2020 as this week’s U.S. Crop Progress Report shows 97 percent of the crop is in the ground, three percentage points ahead of the 5-year average.

The crop is growing rapidly and is in good position in the 18 major corn states as 75 percent is rated good to excellent. At this time last year only 59 percent was in that category. This week 21 percent is rated fair (32 percent year ago), and 4 percent is in the poor to very poor (9 percent year ago).

Soybean farmers have planted 86 percent of their crop, 7 points ahead of the 5-year average.

The soybean crop is also looking great as 72 percent is rated good to excellent this week, 24 percent fair and 4 percent poor to very poor.

Cotton farmers have planted 78 percent of their crop, about 3 points behind the 5-year average. The crop is off to a slow start as only 43 percent is rated good to excellent this week, 44 percent is fair, and 13 percent is poor to very poor.

The U.S. grain sorghum crop is 64 percent planted, 4 points ahead of the 5-year average.

The summer heat and dryness has pushed the winter wheat harvest along, as 7 percent of the crop has been harvested which is average for this time of year. Over half the crop in Texas has been harvested.

Of the wheat acres not yet harvested, about half are rated good to excellent this week, the same as last week but substantially less than the 64 percent a year ago.

Pasture and range conditions are holding steady across the country as 49 percent of the acres are rated good to excellent (51 percent last week), 32 percent fair (33 percent las week) and 19 percent in the poor to very poor category (16 percent last week).

To view the U.S. Crop Progress report, click here.

Oklahoma winter wheat acres harvested reached 19 percent as of June 7, up 16 points from the previous year but unchanged from normal.

Sorghum acres planted reached 38 percent, up 1 point from the previous year but down 15 points from normal.

Cotton acres planted reached 28 percent, down 12 points from the previous year and down 30 points from normal.

The first cutting of alfalfa hay reached 65 percent, up 1 point from the previous year but down 13 points from normal.

Pasture and range conditions in Oklahoma are holding their own despite the hot, dry weather as 55 percent of the acres are rated good to excellent, (48 percent last week) 26 percent fair (40 percent last week) and 19 percent poor to very poor (12 percent last week).

To view the Oklahoma report, click here.

The Kansas winter wheat crop is rated 42 percent good to excellent this week (same as last week) 34 percent is fair and 24 percent is rated poor to very poor.

Corn acres planted was 97 percent, ahead of the 86 percent last year, and near the 94 percent average

The Kansas corn crop is rated 60 percent good to excellent, 33 percent fair and 7 percent poor to very poor.            

Soybeans planted was 79 percent this week in Kansas, well ahead of 42 percent at this time last year and the 55 percent average.

Kansas sorghum acres planted stands now at 51 percent, well ahead of 20 percent last year, and ahead of the 37 percent average.

Kansas pasture and range conditions are rated 55 percent good to excellent this week, (58 percent last week) 34 percent fair and 11 percent poor to very poor.

To view the Kansas crop progress report, click here.

Texas wheat harvest continued or was completed in some areas of the state, while harvest slowed in areas of the Blacklands due to recent rains. Winter Wheat harvest was just getting underway in some areas of the Northern High Plains region of the state.

Dryland cotton planting in the Southern High Plains and the Northern Low Plains continued at a hurried pace as producers worked to finish planting while moisture was still available.

Some army worm damage was observed in sorghum fields in areas of the Cross Timbers region of Texas.

Texas livestock were rated in fair to good condition. Supplemental feeding slowed in many areas.

Pasture and range conditions are rated 34 percent in the good to excellent range this week (39 percent last week), 39 percent fair and 27 percent poor to very poor.

Flies burdened livestock in areas of the Blacklands. Grasshoppers impacted vegetation in areas of the Southern Low Plains and North East Texas.

To view the Texas report, click here.

   

 

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