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Storm Damage In Iowa Showing Up On Latest USDA Crop Progress Report But Overall Crop Conditions Are Still Looking Good

Mon, 17 Aug 2020 16:28:33 CDT

Storm Damage In Iowa Showing Up On Latest USDA Crop Progress Report But Overall Crop Conditions Are Still Looking Good The major impact of last week’s storms that devastated Iowa’s corn crop is showing up in the latest USDA Crop Press Report.

Before the storm, 69 percent of the Iowa corn crop was rated good to excellent. Today, that has dropped 10 points and even more significantly, 17 percent of the corn crop is rated poor to very poor (8 percent last week).

However, the overall corn crop is still rated 69 percent good to excellent, dropping only 2 points from last week. The remainder of the corn crop in the 18 major states is rated 21 percent fair and 10 percent poor to very poor.

South Dakota, Kentucky and Wisconsin continue to have their corn crops rated at least 80 percent or better in the good to excellent category.

Same story for the nation’s soybean crops. Before last week’s storms, Iowa’s soybean crop was rated 70 percent good to excellent. Today the Iowa soybean crop is rated just 62 percent good to excellent and 12 percent is in the poor to very category (7 percent last week).

However, the overall soybean crop is still rated 72 percent good to excellent, dropping only 2 points from last week. The remainder of the crop is rated 21 percent fair and 7 percent poor to very poor.

Both corn and soybean crops are right on or slightly ahead off maturity scheduled when compared to the 5-year average.

The nation’s cotton crop is also maturing on schedule with 80 percent setting bolls and 15 percent with the bolls open.

The crop has improved from last and now 45 percent is rated good to excellent compared to 42 percent last week. The remainder of the crop is rated 33 percent fair and 22 percent fair.

The grain sorghum crop in the six major producing states continues to mature on schedule with 83 percent headed and 34 percent colored.

The crop is rated 57 percent good to excellent (58 percent last week), 29 percent fair and 14 percent poor to very poor.

Nebraska has the top-rated grain sorghum crop with 71 percent good to excellent. Kansas is close behind with 68 percent rated good to excellent. In Colorado, where drought has been a major factor, 38 percent of the sorghum crop is poor to very poor.

Pasture and range conditions have deteriorated as only 32 percent are in the good to excellent category this week compared to 34 percent last week. The remainder are rated 33 percent fair and 35 percent poor to very poor category.

To view the national Crop Progress Report, click here.

For Oklahoma, 70 percent of the grain sorghum is headed, up 5 points from the previous year but down 3 points from normal. Sorghum coloring reached 30 percent, up 13 points from the previous year but down 3 points from normal.

The Oklahoma grain sorghum crop is rated 42 percent good to excellent, 39 percent fair and 20 percent poor to very poor.

Soybeans blooming reached 62 percent, down 3 points from the previous year and down 6 points from normal. Soybeans setting pods reached 25 percent, up 5 points from the previous year but down 11 points from normal.

The Oklahoma soybean crop is rated 62 percent good to excellent, 33 percent fair and just 5 percent is rated poor.

Cotton setting bolls reached 66 percent, down 13 points from the previous year and down 3 points from normal. Cotton bolls opening reached 12 percent, up 9 points from the previous year and up 9 points from normal.

The Oklahoma cotton crop is rated 61 percent good to excellent, 35 percent fair and 4 percent poor to very poor.

The third cutting of alfalfa hay reached 80 percent, down 5 points from the previous year but up 1 point from normal. The fourth cutting of alfalfa hay reached 20 percent, down 10 points from the previous year but up 2 points from normal.
The second cutting of other hay reached 58 percent, unchanged from the previous year but down 4 points from normal.

Oklahoma pasture and range conditions were rated at 36 percent good to excellent, 48 percent fair and 16 percent poor to very poor.

To view the Oklahoma crop progress report, click here.

In Kansas, the corn crop is rated 63 percent good to excellent, 25 percent fair and 12 percent poor to very poor.                

Corn dough stage was 81 percent, ahead of the 67 percent last year, and near the 77 percent mark for the five-year average.

Dented was 40 percent, ahead of 32 percent last year, and near the 36 percent average.

The Kansas soybean crop condition is rated 69 percent good to excellent, 25 percent fair and 6 percent poor to very poor.

Soybeans blooming was 90 percent, ahead of 81 percent last year, and near the 89 percent average.

Setting pods was 73 percent, ahead of 54 percent last year and the 65 percent average.

The Kansas grain sorghum crop condition is rated 68 percent good to excellent, 25 percent fair and 7 percent poor to very poor.

Sorghum headed was 79 percent, ahead of 61 percent last year, and near 75 percent average.

Coloring was 17 percent, ahead of 10 percent last year, and near 15 percent average.

The Kansas cotton crop condition is rated 39 percent good to excellent, 53 percent fair and 8 percent poor to very poor.

Cotton squaring was 93 percent, near 90 percent last year and 89 percent average.

Setting bolls was 56 percent, ahead of 50 percent last year and 49 percent average.

Kansas pasture and range conditions are rated 55 percent good to excellent, 32 percent fair and 13 percent poor to very poor.

To view the Kansas crop progress report, click here.

In Texas, corn harvest continued to progress in areas of the Blacklands, South East Texas, the Edwards Plateau, South Central Texas and the Upper Coast regions.

Hail damaged corn and cotton in areas of the Northern High Plains.

The Texas corn crop is 29 percent harvest. The remaining crop is rated 47 percent good to excellent, 36 percent fair and 17 percent poor to very poor.

Grain sorghum harvest continued in areas of the Edwards Plateau, the Blacklands and South Texas. Meanwhile, sorghum fields in the Cross Timbers were damaged by feral hogs.

So far, 55 percent of the Texas grain sorghum crop has been harvested. The remainder is rated 45 percent good to excellent, 33 percent is fair, and 22 percent is poor to very poor.

Hail, high winds, and extreme heat have taken a major toll on dryland cotton in areas of the High and Low Plains as well as South East Texas. Cotton harvest had begun in the Coastal Bend and the Upper Coast and would begin soon in South Central Texas. In areas of the Lower Valley, many producers opted for crop insurance payments over harvesting after assessing damage from hurricane Hanna.

The Texas cotton crop is rated 27 percent good to excellent, 40 percent fair and 33 percent poor to very poor.

Supplemental feeding continued in the Cross Timbers, the Edwards Plateau, and South Texas regions due to dry conditions. Feral hogs continued to be a problem for areas of East Texas and the Cross Timbers

Texas pasture and range conditions are rated 22 percent good to excellent, 33 percent fair and 46 percent poor to very poor.

To view the Texas crop progress report, click here.


   

 

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