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Major U.S. Crop Condtions Mostly Unchanged In Latest USDA Crop Progress Report, But Pasture And Range Conditions Are Drought Stressed

Mon, 20 Jul 2020 16:51:55 CDT

Major U.S. Crop Condtions Mostly Unchanged In Latest USDA Crop Progress Report, But Pasture And Range Conditions Are Drought Stressed The summer doldrums have arrived evidenced by virtually little to no change in the condition of the nationís major crops from last week.

One area starting to gain some attention is the condition of the nationís pasture and ranges as the overall rating sits at just 35 percent in the good to excellent category this week.

Continued dry conditions in the western and Rocky Mountain states as well as the High Plains is keeping the ratings low.

States registering the most stress include Oregon at 62 percent in the poor to very poor condition, New Mexico pasture and range is rated 59 percent poor to very poor, California is 55 percent poor to very poor, Texas is 44 percent poor to very poor, Wyoming is 41 percent poor to very poor and Oklahoma has 35 percent rated poor to very poor condition.

The nationís cotton and grain sorghum crops are gradually showing some improvement.

This week the U.S. cotton crop is rated 47 percent good to excellent (44 percent last week), 31 percent is fair and 25 percent poor to very poor.

In the six major grain sorghum producing states, the crop is rated 51 percent in the good to excellent category (46 percent last week), 37 percent is fair, and 12 percent is poor to very poor.

Interesting to note that one year ago the grain sorghum crop was rated 73 percent in the good to excellent category.

There is no change in the status of the nationís corn and soybean crops this week.

The U.S. corn crop continues to be rated 69 percent in the good to excellent category, 23 percent fair and 8 percent poor to very poor.

The soybean crop continues to sit at 69 percent in the good to excellent ranges, with 24 percent fair and 7 percent poor to very poor.

The nationís winter wheat crop is nearing completion as 74 percent of the crop has been harvested which is right at the 5-year average.

To view the national crop progress report, click here.

For Oklahoma, corn silk reached 55 percent, up 2 points from the previous year but down 10 points from normal.

The Oklahoma grain sorghum crop is rated 34 percent good, 59 fair and 7 percent poor.

Grain sorghum headed reached 25 percent, up 6 points from the previous year but down 6 points from normal.

The Oklahoma soybean crop blooming reached 35 percent, up 25 points from the previous year and up 16 points from normal.

Peanuts pegging reached 42 percent, down 2 points from the previous year and down 7 points from normal.

The Oklahoma cotton crop is rated 75 percent good, 21 percent is fair and 4 percent is poor.

Cotton squaring reached 50 percent, down 19 points from the previous year and down 9 points from normal.

The second cutting of alfalfa hay reached 86 percent, unchanged from the previous year but down 3 points from normal. The third cutting of alfalfa hay reached 40 percent, up 2 points from the previous year and up 9 points from normal.

The first cutting of other hay reached 88 percent, down 11 points from the previous year and down 6 points from normal. The second cutting of other hay reached 24 percent, down 4 points from the previous year and down 7 points from normal.

Oklahoma pasture and range conditions are rated 37 percent good to excellent, 28 percent fair and 35 percent poor to very poor.

To view the Oklahoma report, click here.

The Kansas corn crop condition is rated 54 percent good to excellent, 32 percent fair and 14 percent poor to very poor.

The Kansas soybean crop condition rated 57 percent good to excellent, 34 percent fair and 9 percent poor to very poor.

The grain sorghum crop condition is rated 55 percent good to excellent, 36 percent fair and 9 percent poor to very poor.

Cotton condition is rated 43 percent good to excellent,46 percent fair and 11 percent poor to very poor.

Kansas pasture and range conditions are rated 38 percent good to excellent, 38 percent fair and 24 percent poor to very poor.

To view the Kansas crop progress report, click here.


For our southern neighbor of Texas dryland cotton suffered throughout the Plains due to lack of moisture, while irrigated cotton continued to progress. Irrigation was in full swing in South Texas and the Lower Valley.

The Texas cotton crop is rated 28 percent good to excellent, 38 percent fair and 34 percent is poor to very poor.

Corn was starting to silk in the Northern High Plains region of Texas. Spider mites were reported on some corn crops located in the Northern High Plains region. Corn and grain sorghum harvest was active in South Central Texas, the
Coastal Bend, the Upper Coast, South Texas and the Lower Valley. Dryland grain sorghum was struggling in the Edwards Plateau.

The Texas grain sorghum crop is rated 46 percent good to excellent, 35 percent fair and 19 percent poor to very poor.

Supplemental feeding increased due to dry conditions in areas of the Edwards Plateau, South Central Texas and South Texas. Pastureland across most of the state continued to dry out due to hot conditions. Increasing numbers of flies and grasshoppers continued to disturb livestock and crops inside areas of the Blacklands. Feral hog damage continued in areas of North Texas.

Texas pasture and range conditions are rated 21 percent in the good to excellent category, 35 percent is fair, and 44 percent is poor to very poor.

To view the Texas crop progress report, click here.

   

 

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