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Latest USDA Crop Progress Report Shows Crops Continue to Look Great And Are Ahead of Schedule

Mon, 27 Jul 2020 16:29:45 CDT

Latest USDA Crop Progress Report Shows Crops Continue to Look Great And Are Ahead of Schedule With the growing season nearing its peak, all the nationís major crops continue to be in good shape and are ahead of normal progress according to the latest USDA Crop Progress Report.

In the 18 major corn growing states, 82 percent of the crop is in the silking stage, 7 points ahead of the 5-year average for this time of year. Taking that a step further, 22 percent is in the dough stage, 5 points ahead of the 5-year average.

Overall, the U.S. corn crop is rated 72 percent in the good to excellent category (69 percent last week),   21 percent is fair and 7 percent poor to very poor.

Same story, second verse for the soybean crop as 76 percent of the crop is in the blooming stage, 4 points ahead of the 5-year average. The crop is also ahead of schedule on setting pods as 43 percent is in that stage compared to 36 percent for the 5-year average.

In the major soybean states, 72 percent of the crop is in the good to excellent category this week (69 percent last week), 22 percent is fair, and 6 percent is in poor to very poor condition.

The U.S. cotton crop is right on schedule and is rated 49 percent in the good to excellent category this week (47 percent last week), 35 percent is fair and 16 percent poor to very poor.

In the six major grain sorghum producing states, the crop continues to make good progress and 53 percent is rated good to excellent (51 percent last week), 36 percent is fair and 11 percent poor to very poor.

The winter wheat crop stands at 81 percent complete, right on schedule.

Even the nationís pasture and range conditions showed improvement, all but be it slightly this week as 36 percent is rated good to excellent (35 percent last week) and 34 percent is rated fair. There is also improvement in the amount of land in the poor to very poor category this week at 30 percent (32 percent last week).

However, some of the drought stressed states are still showing difficult conditions. For example, in California 55 percent is rated poor to very poor, Oregon is 69 percent poor to very poor and Wyoming is 50 percent poor to very poor.

To view the national crop progress report, click here.

For Oklahoma, corn silking reached 74 percent, up 12 points from the previous year but unchanged from normal. Corn dough reached 23 percent, up 9 points from the previous year and up 3 points from normal.

Sorghum headed reached 35 percent, up 14 points from the previous year but down 2 points from normal. Sorghum coloring reached 10 percent, up 8 points from the previous year but down 2 points from normal.

Soybeans emerged reached 90 percent, up 2 points from the previous year but down 2 points from normal. Soybeans blooming reached 40 percent, up 26 points from the previous year and up 8 points from normal. Soybeans setting pods reached 6 percent, up 2 points from the previous year but down 5 points from normal.

Oklahoma cotton squaring reached 65 percent, down 13 points from the previous year and down 10 points from normal. Cotton setting bolls reached 25 percent, up 2 points from the previous year and up 1 point from normal.

The second cutting of alfalfa hay reached 95 percent, up 1 point from the previous year but unchanged from normal. The third cutting of alfalfa hay reached 56 percent, up 4 points from the previous year and up 15 points from normal. The first cutting of other hay reached 95 percent, down 5 points from the previous year and down 1 point from normal. The second cutting of other hay reached 30 percent, down 6 points from the previous year and down 11 points from normal.

Oklahoma pasture and range conditions were rated at 40 percent in the good to excellent category, 46 percent fair and 14 percent poor to very poor.

To view the Oklahoma report, click here.

For the Sunflower State, 61 percent of the grain sorghum crop is rated good to excellent, 31 percent is fair, and 8 percent is poor to very poor.

The Kansas corn crop is rated 60 percent good to excellent, 28 percent is fair and 12 percent poor to very poor.
Corn silking was 79 percent (13 percent ahead of last year), but near the five-year average.

The Kansas soybean crop is rated 67 percent in the good to excellent category, 27 percent is fair, and 6 percent is poor to very poor.
Soybeans blooming was 68 percent, well ahead of 37 percent last year, and ahead of the 58 percent average. Setting pods was 40 percent, well ahead of the 21 percent average.

The cotton crop is rated 53 percent in the good to excellent category, 36 percent is fair, and 11 percent is poor to very poor.

Pasture and range conditions in Kansas are rated 50 percent good to excellent, 34 percent fair and 16 percent poor to very poor this week.

To view the Kansas crop progress report, click here.

For the state of Texas, corn harvest was underway in areas of the Blacklands, South East Texas, the Edwards Plateau, South Central Texas, the Coastal Bend, and the Upper Coast.
Sorghum harvest throughout much of Texas continued or would begin soon.

Cotton continued to progress in the High Plains region of Texas while rain was needed in the Low Plains. Cotton was blooming and squaring in most areas of the plains, however, some cotton fields were plowed under in the Low Plains due to lack of moisture. Cotton struggled in areas of the Edwards Plateau due to dry conditions, while areas of South Central Texas reached the setting boll stage. Bolls were opening along the coast and in areas of the Lower Valley and South Texas.

Damage reports were coming in from hurricane Hannah along the Coastal Bend and in areas of the Lower Valley.

Dryland soybeans progressed where there was adequate moisture but slowed where conditions were dry.

Supplemental feeding increased due to dry conditions in areas of the Cross Timbers, South Texas, the Edwards Plateau, and the Trans-Pecos regions.

Increasing numbers of flies required control measures in areas of the Blacklands, North East Texas and the Trans-Pecos. Meanwhile, grasshoppers continued to be problematic in pastures within the High Plains, the Cross Timbers and the Blacklands.

Texas pasture and range conditions were rated 19 percent good to excellent, 38 percent fair and 43 percent poor to very poor.

To view the Texas crop progress report, click here.


   

 

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