USDA Report Shows Nation's Corn Planting is Nearing 50 Percent And Oklahoma Wheat Crop DeterioratesTue, 04 May 2021 08:34:30 CDT
U.S. corn producers have been running night and day this past week and now almost half the crop is planted according to the latest USDA Crop Progress Report.
The report shows 46 percent of the crop is planted in the 18 major corn producing states, compared to 17 percent last week and well ahead of the average of 36 percent for this date. However, last year they had planted 48 percent by this date.
Iowa jumped from 20 percent last week to 69 percent planted this week. Illinois corn planted also jumped from 23 percent last week to 54 percent completed this week.
In addition, 8 percent of the corn crop has emerged which is about on average for this date.
U.S. soybean producers have also made great progress as they have now planted 24 percent of the crop in the 18 major soybean states, compared to 8 percent last week and 11 percent for the average on this date.
Grain sorghum planting has reached 20 percent in the six major states, slightly behind the average of 24 percent for this date.
Cotton planting is just getting underway in the 15 major producing states and now stands at 16 percent which is exactly the average for this date.
The U.S. wheat crop is running slightly behind in maturity as just 27 percent of the crop is headed, compared to the average of 34 percent average on this date.
Overall, the U.S. winter wheat crop is rated at 48 percent good to excellent (49 percent last week), 33 percent fair and 19 percent poor to very poor.
The nations pasture and range conditions are rated 22 percent good to excellent, 31 percent fair and 45 percent poor to very poor.
Compared to a year ago the pasture and range conditions are considerably worse condition this year.
Last year the pasture and range conditions were rated 49 percent good to excellent, 36 percent fair and 16 percent poor to very poor.
To view the USDA Crop Progress Report, click here.
For the first time since last fall, Oklahoma has dropped out of first place in the winter wheat crop condition race, dropping from 61 percent last week rated good to excellent to only 54 percent this week.
The remainder of the crop is rated 34 percent fair and 12 percent poor to very poor.
Oklahoma winter wheat jointing reached 96 percent. Winter wheat headed reached 64 percent, down 4 points from the previous year and down 2 points from normal.
Canola blooming reached 65 percent, down 24 points from the previous year and down 23 points from normal.
Canola coloring reached 19 percent, up 5 points from the previous year and up 2 points from normal.
Oklahoma corn planted reached 40 percent, up 5 points from the previous year but down 5 points from normal.
Corn emerged reached 12 percent, up 2 points from the previous year but down 10 points from normal.
Sorghum planted reached 3 percent, down 3 points from the previous year and down 11 points from normal.
Soybeans planted reached 7 percent, down 6 points from the previous year and down 4 points from normal.
Oklahoma pasture and range conditions are rated at 43 percent good to excellent, 49 percent fair and 8 percent poor to very poor.
To view the Oklahoma report, click here.
In Kansas, the winter wheat crop is rated 55 percent good to excellent, moving ahead of Oklahoma for the top-rated condition in the region.
The remainder of the Kansas wheat crop is rated 31 percent fair and 14 percent poor to very poor.
The Kansas wheat crop is considerably behind normal maturity as only 12 percent of the crop is headed compared to the average of 27 percent for this date.
Kansas wheat jointed was 83 percent ahead of 77 percent last year, and near 80 percent for the five-year average.
Kansas corn planted was 36 percent, near the 39 percent mark last year, and behind 41 percent average.
Emerged was 14 percent, near 12 percent last year and 15 percent average.
Soybeans planted was 11 percent, near 10 percent last year, and ahead of the 5 percent average.
Cotton planted was 1 percent, near 3 percent last year, and equal to average.
Kansas pasture and range conditions rated 57 percent good to excellent, 32 percent fair and 11 percent poor to very poor.
To view the Kansas crop progress report, click here.
In Texas, winter wheat in areas of the Southern High Plains progressed well after receiving some precipitation.
Small grains in areas of the Blacklands and the Edwards Plateau were being baled for hay.
In areas of South Texas, wheat and oat fields were being prepared for harvest.
Overall, the Texas wheat crop is rated 24 percent good to excellent36 percent fair and 40 percent poor to very poor.
Approximately 65 percent of the Texas wheat crop is headed, compared to 79 percent last year and 75 percent for the average on this date.
Corn planting in the Northern High Plains had begun.
Pre-plant activities for cotton continued in the Northern Low Plains.
Cotton and peanut planting in the Cross Timbers was put on hold due to wet weather. Top dress fertilizer was being applied to corn and sorghum in the Blacklands.
Corn was progressing well in South Central Texas after some much needed precipitation.
Cotton still needed more moisture in the Coastal Bend. Rice planting was progressing well in the Upper Coast.
An isolated incident of sorghum downy mildew was reported in the Upper Coast, testing of pathotype was in progress.
Corn was progressing well and close to the tassel stage in South Texas, meanwhile, pre-plant activities for peanuts had begun.
Corn, cotton, and grain sorghum in the Lower Valley progressed well.
Statewide, Texas corn farmers have planted 68 percent of their crop, which is about average for this date.
Texas cotton planting stands at 19 percent, 3 points ahead of the average.
Grain sorghum is 66 percent complete, 4 points behind the average.
Pecan producers in the Southern High Plains and South-Central Texas were monitoring for pecan nut casebearer. Pecan orchards were progressing slowly in some areas of the Cross Timbers. Pecans were being irrigated in the Trans-Pecos.
Supplemental feeding continued across the state.
Rainwater runoff was needed in the Northern Low Plains and the Cross Timbers to fill tanks for livestock.
Spring calves were getting worked in the Cross Timbers. Flies in the Blacklands were causing stress to livestock.
Texas pasture and range conditions were rated 18 percent good to excellent, 27 percent fair and 55 percent poor to very poor.
To view the Texas crop progress report, click here.
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