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U.S. Crop, Pasture And Range Conditions Showing Impact of Dry Weather In The Latest USDA Crop Progress Report

Mon, 31 Aug 2020 16:39:34 CDT

U.S. Crop, Pasture And Range Conditions Showing Impact of Dry Weather In The Latest USDA Crop Progress Report Negative weather impacts are evident in all the nationís major crops, pasture and range conditions according to the latest USDA Crop Progress Report.

We continue to see significant declines in the percentage of acres in the good to excellent category.

In the 18 major corn producing states, 62 percent of the crop is rated good to excellent, compared to 64 percent last week. The remainder of the corn crop is rated 24 percent fair and 14 percent in the poor to very poor category.

Iowa, hit hard by severe weather and drought, now has only 45 percent of the crop rated good to excellent. Last week that number was 50 percent and before the storms and drought, the number was 69 percent. Today Iowa has 25 percent of the corn in the poor to very poor category. Only Colorado, hit hard by drought, has more in that category (44 percent).

It now appears to be a race to the finish as the corn crop is rapidly maturing and is now rated at 12 percent mature, 2 points ahead of normal. Harvest has started in Texas.

Just about the same story for the nationís soybeans where the crop is rated 66 percent good to excellent, compared to 69 percent last week. Granted, that is still pretty good! The remainder of the crop is rated 24 percent fair and 10 percent poor to very poor.

The U.S. cotton crop is rated 44 percent good to excellent this week (46 percent last week), 28 percent fair and 28 percent poor to very poor.

Approximately 29 percent of the cotton crop is setting bolls, 3 points ahead of the 5-year average.

For grain sorghum, the crop is rated 50 percent good to excellent, (54 percent last week), 32 percent fair and 18 percent poor to very poor.

About 24 percent of the grain sorghum crop is mature, 5 points behind normal.

Pasture and range conditions have really been showing drought stress as only 22 percent of the acres are in the good to excellent category this week, compared to 24 percent last week and 53 percent a year ago.

Over half of all pasture and range acres in California, Colorado, Oregon, Wyoming and New Mexico are rated poor to very poor.

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


In Oklahoma, corn dented reached 50 percent, up 3 points from the previous year but down 14 points from normal. Corn mature reached 14 percent, up 8 points from the previous year.

The Oklahoma corn crop is rated 70 percent good to excellent, 27 percent fair and 3 percent is poor.

Grain sorghum headed reached 85 percent, down 3 points from the previous year and down 6 points from normal. Grain sorghum maturity reached 9 percent, down 4 points from the previous year and down 9 points from normal.

The Oklahoma grain sorghum crop is near evenly divided in thirds as 31 percent is good to excellent, 35 percent fair and 34 percent poor to very poor.

Oklahoma soybeans setting pods reached 60 percent, up 19 points from the previous year but down 1 point from normal. Soybeans dropping leaves reached 3 percent, up 3 points from the previous year but unchanged from normal.

The soybean crop is rated 68 percent good to excellent, 27 percent is fair and 5 percent is poor.

Cotton setting bolls reached 90 percent, down 7 points from the previous year but up 1 point from normal. Cotton bolls opening reached 16 percent, up 2 points from the previous year and up 5 points from normal.

The Oklahoma cotton crop is rated 36 percent good to excellent, 55 percent fair and 9 percent poor to very poor.

The third cutting of alfalfa hay reached 92 percent, down 2 points from the previous year but unchanged from normal. The fourth cutting of alfalfa hay reached 45 percent, down 5 points from the previous year but up 6 points from normal.

The second cutting of other hay reached 72 percent, up 6 points from the previous year but unchanged from normal. The third cutting of other hay reached 14 percent, up 6 points from the previous year and up 1 point from normal.

Oklahoma pasture and range conditions are rated 32 percent good to excellent, 38 percent fair and 30 percent poor to very poor.

To view the Oklahoma crop progress report, click here.

In Kansas, the corn dough stage was 96 percent, ahead of 88 percent last year, and near 92 percent for the five-year average. Dented was 71 percent, ahead of 61 percent last year, and near 68 percent average. Mature was 18 percent, ahead of 13 percent last year, but near 20 percent average. Harvested was 2 percent, near 1 percent last year, and equal to average.

The Kansas corn crop is rated 56 percent good to excellent, 29 percent fair and 15 percent poor to very poor.

Soybeans blooming was 96 percent, near 93 percent last year, and equal to average. Setting pods was 87 percent, ahead of 80 percent last year, and near 85 percent average. Dropping leaves was 8 percent, ahead of 2 percent last year, and near 5 percent average.

The Kansas soybean crop is rated 56 percent good to excellent, 32 percent fair and 12 percent poor to very poor.        

Grain sorghum headed was 96 percent, ahead of 87 percent last year, and near 93 percent average. Coloring was 48 percent, ahead of 34 percent last year, and near 44 percent average. Mature was 2 percent, near 1 percent last year and 3 percent average.

The grain sorghum crop in Kansas is rated 58 percent good to excellent, 31 percent fair and 11 percent poor to very poor.

Approximately 89 percent of the Kansas cotton crop is setting bolls, ahead of 78 percent last year and 76 percent average. Bolls opening was 17 percent, ahead of 3 percent last year and 9 percent average.

The Kansas cotton crop was rated 49 percent good to excellent,41 percent fair and 10 percent poor to very poor.

Kansas pasture and range conditions rated 44 percent good to excellent,36 percent fair and 20 percent poor to very poor.

To view the Kansas report, click here.

For Texas corn harvest continued to progress in areas of the Northern Plains and Blacklands

The Texas corn crop is rated 32 percent good to excellent, 39 percent fair and 19 percent poor to very poor.

Dryland cotton in areas of the High and Low Plains of Texas, the Blacklands, and the Edwards Plateau continued to show signs of stress where moisture had been inadequate.

Meanwhile, cotton harvest continued in areas of South Central Texas, the Coastal Bend and South Texas.

The Texas cotton crop is rated 29 percent good to excellent, 29 percent fair and a whopping 42 percent is poor to very poor.

Grain sorghum harvest continued to progress in South Texas for some late plantings.

The Texas grain sorghum crop is rated 45 percent good to excellent, 33 percent fair and 22 percent poor to very poor.

Supplemental feeding continued in the Northern High Plains region of Texas, South Central Texas, the Blacklands, the Edwards Plateau, and South Texas due to dry conditions.

Producers in the Northern Low Plains continued to monitor the threat of wildfires caused by hot and dry weather conditions. Feral hogs continued to be a problem for areas of East Texas.

Texas pasture and range condition are rated 14 percent good to excellent, 33 percent fair and a huge 53 percent are rated poor to very poor.

To view the Texas crop progress report, click here.


   

 

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