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Oklahoma Wheat Crop Condition Leads The Region in The First Major USDA Crop Progress Report of The Spring

Mon, 05 Apr 2021 17:04:42 CDT

Oklahoma Wheat Crop Condition Leads The Region in The First Major USDA Crop Progress Report of The Spring U.S. corn planters are starting to move and over half the winter wheat crop is rated good to excellent with Oklahoma leading the regionís wheat producing states according to the first major USDA Crop Progress Report for the spring.

Specifically, the nationís wheat crop is rated 53 percent good to excellent (one year ago at this time it was 62 percent), 31 percent fair (29 percent last year) and 16 percent poor to very poor (9 percent last year).

Approximately 4 percent the wheat crop is headed out which is about in line with the 5-year average for this date.

The Texas wheat crop is 25 percent headed 21 percent normal) and Arkansas is at 3 percent (14 percent normal for this date).

The report shows two percent of nationís corn crop is planted in the 18 major corn producing states.

This is right on the normal 5-year average for the first week of April, although no significant activity is showing in the corn and soybean belt.

Texas leads the way with 55 percent of the corn crop planted, 2 points ahead of the 5-year average.

U.S. cotton farmers have planted 6 percent of the crop with Arizona (27 percent) and Texas (10 percent) leading the way in the 15 major cotton states.

Texas is also the top state in grain sorghum acres planted standing at 46 percent complete in the 6 major sorghum states.

To view the USDA Crop Progress Report, click here.

For Oklahoma, the winter wheat crop is rated 70 percent good to excellent which is the best rated crop in the region.

Approximately 23 percent of the wheat crop is fair and only 7 percent is rated poor to very poor.

Winter wheat jointing reached 57 percent, down 2 points from the previous year and down 2 points from normal.

Canola blooming reached 8 percent, down 5 points from the previous year and down 18 points from normal.

Rye jointing reached 30 percent, down 29 points from the previous year and down 29 points from normal.

Oats jointing reached 10 percent, down 10 points from the previous year and down 15 points from normal.

Oklahoma corn acres planted reached 3 percent.

Pasture and range conditions were rated 29 percent good to excellent, 46 percent fair and 25 percent poor to very poor.

To view the Oklahoma report, click here.

In Kansas, winter wheat conditions were rated 54 percent good to excellent, 29 percent fair and 17 percent poor to very poor.

Winter wheat jointed was 10 percent, behind 18 percent last year and 22 percent for the five-year average.

Kansas corn farmers have planted 2 percent of the crop, near the 1 percent mark last year and 3 percent average.

To view the Kansas report, click here.

In Texas, small grains were reported in various stages and conditions across the state.

Greenbug issues were reported again in the Northern Low Plains.

Meanwhile, strip rust was a concern in some winter wheat crops in the Blacklands and fungicide spraying had begun.

In South Texas small grain crops were under irrigation in some areas.

Statewide, the Texas winter wheat crop was rated 30 percent good to excellent, 40 percent fair and 30 percent poor to very poor.

In the High Plains and the Southern Low Plains, farmers continued pre-planting activities for row crops.

Corn and sorghum planting in the Cross Timbers and the Blacklands was close to complete.

Overall, Texas corn farmers have planted 55 percent of their crop with 30 percent emerged, both numbers are about in line with the norm for this time of year.

Preirrigation on row crop fields continued in the Trans-Pecos. Farmers in Edwards Plateau were gearing up for cotton planting.

Meanwhile, cotton planting was moving along quickly in South Central Texas.

Cotton, rice, and soybean planting continued in the Upper Coast, while corn and sorghum fields were looking good.

In South Texas, early cotton planting had begun as corn and sorghum fields began irrigation.

Producers in the Lower Valley worked to finish planting cotton.

Pecan orchards in the Cross Timbers had begun to bud in some areas.

Meanwhile, pecan orchards in the Trans-Pecos and vegetable fields in South Texas continued irrigation. Onion and sugarcane harvest continued in the Lower Valley.

Supplemental feeding continued across the state. Runoff rainwater was still needed in the Northern Low Plains, Edwards Plateau, and the Blacklands to fill tanks for livestock.

Coastal Bermuda had begun emerging at a slow pace in the Cross Timbers.

The fly population continued to increase in the Blacklands and North East Texas.

Spring calves in North East Texas were doing well. In Edwards Plateau, spring lambing and kidding continued while spring sheep shearing had begun.

Pasture and range conditions were rated 14 percent good to excellent, 33 percent fair and 53 percent poor to very poor, though pasture conditions varied greatly across the state.

To view the Texas report, click here.



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