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Wheat Harvest Starts in Texas While Nation's Corn And Soybean Farmers Are Rapidly Completing Planting

Mon, 17 May 2021 16:38:18 CDT

Wheat Harvest Starts in Texas While Nation's Corn And Soybean Farmers Are Rapidly Completing Planting With winter wheat harvest underway in southern Texas, the overall crop is slightly behind maturity while spring planting chores for corn and soybean farmers are ahead of schedule.

The latest USDA Crop Progress Report shows 53 percent of the winter wheat is headed, compared to the five-year average of 58 percent by this date.

Overall, the winter wheat crop in the 18 major producing states is rated 48 percent good to excellent this week, a one percent drop from last week and 4 points below last year at this time.

Oklahoma’s crop continues to lead the region with 59 percent in the good to excellent category, with Kansas close behind at 54 percent good to excellent.

On the other end of the scale, both Texas and Colorado have at least 30 percent of the wheat rated poor to very poor.

The nation’s corn farmers in the 18 major states have planted 80 percent of the crop, 12 points ahead of the average for this date.

Farmers in Iowa (94 percent), Minnesota (95 percent), North Carolina (95 percent) and Illinois (86 percent) are basically finished planting corn.

Corn emerged stands at 41 percent, 6 points ahead of the average.

Soybean farmers have also been busy as they planted 67 percent of the crop, way ahead of the normal 37 percent average for this date and 16 points ahead of last year.

U.S. cotton farmers have planted 38 percent of the crop, 2 points behind the normal average.

Grain sorghum producers have planted 27 percent of the crop, 5 points behind the average.

Drought concerns continue to plague much of our major pasture and rangeland as only 25 percent is in the good to excellent category this week, which is about the same as last week but one year ago that number was 47 percent.

Today 32 percent of the pasture and range land is rated in fair condition and 43 percent is considered poor to very poor.

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


In Oklahoma, the winter wheat crop is rated 59 percent good to excellent, 29 percent fair and 12 percent poor to very poor.

Winter wheat headed reached 91 percent, unchanged from the previous year but down 2 points from normal.

Canola blooming reached 80 percent. Canola coloring reached 48 percent, up 19 points from the previous year and up 9 points from normal.

Oklahoma corn planted reached 55 percent, down 18 points from the previous year and down 11 points from normal.

Corn emerged reached 30 percent, down 16 points from the previous year and down 19 points from normal.

Sorghum planted reached 20 percent, up 7 points from the previous year but down 4 points from normal.

Oklahoma soybeans planted reached 24 percent, down 16 points from the previous year and down 5 points from normal.

Peanuts planted reached 30 percent, up 21 points from the previous year but down 7 points from normal.

Cotton planted reached 23 percent, up 15 points from the previous year and up 2 points from normal.

The first cutting of alfalfa hay reached 18 percent, up 9 points from the previous year.

The first cutting of other hay reached 12 percent, down 1 point from the previous year.

Oklahoma pasture and range conditions are rated 47 percent good to excellent, 38 percent fair and 15 percent poor to very poor.

To view the Oklahoma report, click here.

In Kansas, the winter wheat crop condition is rated 54 percent good to excellent, 31 percent fair and 15 percent poor to very poor.

Winter wheat jointed was 96 percent, near 93 percent last year.

Wheat headed was 58 percent, equal to last year, and behind 68 percent for the five-year average.

Kansas corn planted was 67 percent complete, behind 72 percent last year, and near 69 percent average.

Emerged was 42 percent, near 43 percent last year, and equal to average.

Kansas soybeans planted was 43 percent, ahead of 35 percent last year and 24 percent average.

Emerged was 13 percent, near 14 percent last year, but ahead of 8 percent average.

Sorghum planted was 7 percent, near 8 percent last year and 4 percent average.

Kansas cotton planted was 30 percent, near 27 percent last year, and ahead of 13 percent average.

Kansas pasture and range conditions are rated 56 percent good to excellent, 34 percent fair and 10 percent poor to very poor.

To view the Kansas report, click here.

In Texas, winter wheat farmers have harvested for grain 10 percent of the crop, up 3 points from the previous year and from normal.

Winter wheat headed reached 92 percent, down 3 points from the previous year and down 1 points from normal.

Overall, the Texas wheat crop is rated 25 percent good to excellent, 40 percent fair and 35 percent poor to very poor.

Irrigated winter wheat was progressing well in the Northern High Plains.

Some small grains were cut for hay in the Southern Low Plains, the Cross Timbers, and the Blacklands but rainfall prevented bailing.

Texas corn planted reached 86 percent, down 6 points from the previous year but up 2 points from normal.

Corn emerged reached 72 percent, down 7 points from the previous year and unchanged from normal.

Corn silking reached 17 percent, up 3 points from the previous year and up 1 point from normal.

Cotton planted reached 35 percent, down 10 points from the previous year but up 1 point from normal.

Cotton squaring reached 2 percent, down 5 points from the previous year and down 4 points from normal.

Texas sorghum planted reached 73 percent, down 6 points from the previous year and from normal.

Sorghum headed reached 23 percent, up 4 points from the previous year and from normal.

Soybeans planted reached 61 percent, down 6 points from the previous year and from normal.

Corn was showing Stewart’s Disease in some areas of the Blacklands.

Cotton farmers in the Upper Coast addressed issues with weeds and fleahoppers.

Pecan producers in the Southern High Plains and South Texas were still monitoring for pecan nut casebearers. Meanwhile, in the Edwards Plateau and the Upper Coast some pecan producers sprayed for pecan nut casebearers.

Vegetable production was underway as watermelon and cantaloupes progressed well in South Texas.

Onion and winter vegetable harvest was nearing completion in the Lower Valley.

Sweet corn harvest commenced in South Texas.

Supplemental feeding continued across the state. Cattle were in good shape in the Cross Timbers as breeding season continued.

Pasture and range condition was rated 28 percent good to excellent.31 percent fair and 41 percent poor to very poor.

To view the Texas crop progress report, click here.


   

 

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