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Most Crop Conditions Deteriorate In Latest USDA Crop Progress Report As Growing Season Winds Down

Tue, 08 Sep 2020 17:38:33 CDT

Most Crop Conditions Deteriorate In Latest USDA Crop Progress Report As Growing Season Winds Down Continuing a weeks-long trend, the condition of most of the nation's major crops is slowly deteriorating as the growing season winds down. The latest USDA Crop Progress Report shows a slight drop in almost every crop including the pasture and range conditions.

In the 18 major corn producing states, 61 percent of the crop is rated good to excellent, compared to 62 percent last week. The remainder of the corn crop is rated 25 percent fair and 14 percent in the poor to very poor category.

Iowa, hit hard by severe weather and drought, now has only 43 percent of the crop rated good to excellent. Last week that number was 45 percent and before the storms and drought, the number was 69 percent. Today Iowa has 26 percent of the corn in the poor to very poor category. Only Colorado, hit hard by drought, has more in that category (39 percent).

Approximately 25 percent of the nation's corn crop is mature, well ahead of the 5-year average of 19 percent.

The U.S. soybean crop is now rated at 65 percent good to excellent, a one-point drop from last week. The remainder is rated 25 percent fair and 10 percent poor to very poor.

The condition of the nation's cotton crop is holding steady at 45 percent good to excellent this week, 28 fair and 27 percent poor to very poor.

In the 6 major grain sorghum states, the crop is rated 49 percent good to excellent (last week it was 50 percent), 34 percent fair and 17 percent poor to very poor.

About 21 percent of the grain sorghum crop has been harvested, mostly in Texas and Oklahoma.

Pasture and range conditions are rated at 22 percent good to excellent this week, 32 percent fair and 46 percent poor to very poor.
Oregon is showing 81 percent of their pasture and range acres in the poor to very poor condition, Wyoming is at 77 percent, Arizona is showing 71 percent, California and Iowa have 55 percent in that category, and New Mexico is at 57 percent in the poor to very poor category.

To view the national crop progress report, click here.

For Oklahoma, it's time to plant wheat! Winter wheat planted reached 1 percent, up 1 point from the previous year and up 1 point from normal.

The Oklahoma corn crop maturity reached 29 percent, up 9 points from the previous year but down 2 points from normal.

Corn harvested reached 2 percent, up 2 points from the previous year but down 2 points from normal.

The Oklahoma corn crop was rated 76 percent good to excellent, 22 percent fair and 2 percent poor.

Grain sorghum maturity reached 14 percent, down 8 points from the previous year and down 12 points from normal.

Grain sorghum harvested reached 1 percent, down 1 point from the previous year and down 5 points from normal.

The Oklahoma grain sorghum crop was rated 36 percent good to excellent, 35 percent fair and 29 percent poor to very poor.

The Oklahoma soybean crop dropping leaves reached 11 percent, up 11 points from the previous year and up 6 points from normal.

The soybean crop was rated 75 percent good to excellent, 20 percent fair and 5 percent poor.

The Oklahoma cotton crop with bolls opening reached 27 percent, down 6 points from the previous year but up 6 points from normal.

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

The fourth cutting of alfalfa hay reached 68 percent, up 8 points from the previous year and up 16 points from normal.
The third cutting of other hay reached 23 percent, up 11 points from the previous year and up 5 points from normal.

Oklahoma pasture and range conditions were rated at 37 percent good to excellent, 36 percent fair and 27 percent poor to very poor.

To view the Oklahoma report, click here.

For Kansas, the corn crop condition was rated 53 percent good to excellent, 28 percent fair and 19 percent poor to very poor.

The corn maturity was 31 percent, ahead of 25 percent last year, but near 34 percent average.

Corn harvested was 4 percent, near 3 percent last year and 5 percent average.

The Kansas soybean crop condition is rated 51 percent good to excellent, 35 percent fair and 14 percent poor to very poor.      

Kansas soybeans dropping leaves was 21 percent, ahead of 6 percent last year and 10 percent average.

The Kansas grain sorghum crop condition is rated 56 percent good to excellent, 33 percent fair and 11 percent poor to very poor.

Grain sorghum maturity was 7 percent, ahead of 2 percent last year, but near 8 percent average.

The Kansas cotton crop condition is rated 53 percent good to excellent, 35 percent fair and 12 percent poor to very poor.

Bolls opening in Kansas was 21 percent, ahead of 8 percent last year and 15 percent average.

Kansas pasture and range conditions are rated 41 percent good to excellent, 37 percent fair and 22 percent poor to very poor.

To view the Kansas report, click here.

In Texas, producers prepared to seed small grains. Many were still waiting on moisture, while a few in the High Plains, the Southern Low Plains, and the Cross Timbers regions had begun planting.

Corn harvest had been completed in most areas of the state, with a few fields remaining in the Northern High Plains region.

Irrigated cotton continued to make good progress in areas of the Southern High Plains, South Central Texas, and the Trans-Pecos.

Cotton harvest continued in areas of the Blacklands, South Central Texas, the Coastal Bend, the Upper Coast and South Texas. Development was slowed in the Southern Low Plains and the Blacklands due to the lack of adequate moisture.

Conversely, cotton harvest in South East Texas had been halted due to heavy rains.

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

Grain sorghum harvest was completed in most areas of the state but had been delayed due to recent rains in areas of the Blacklands.

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

Pasture fires became more frequent in areas of the Trans-Pecos and the Edwards Plateau due to continuing hot and dry conditions. Feral hogs continued to be a problem for areas of East Texas and the Blacklands.

Texas pasture and range conditions were rated 16 percent good to excellent, 31 percent fair and 53 percent poor to very poor.

To view the Texas report, click here


   


 

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