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More Incremental Deterioration in OK's Wheat Crop in May, as Conditions Hold in KS, Improve in TX

Mon, 07 May 2018 16:29:06 CDT

More Incremental Deterioration in OK's Wheat Crop in May, as Conditions Hold in KS, Improve in TX The latest crop progress numbers released by USDA on Monday afternoon indicate that the US corn crop, although still trailing last year’s and the five-year average’s pace of planting, is rapidly closing the gap compared to weeks prior. Soybean farmers however, seem to be making up for lost time. Meanwhile, the wheat crop in the Southern Plains continues to suffer from hot, dry weather and remains stunted in its development, foreshadowing lower than normal yields this harvest season.

The US Corn Crop nearly doubled its progress from the week before in this report, jumping from 17 percent planted to now 39 percent complete - versus the five-year average by now of 44 percent. All the “I” states made considerable progress this past week, particularly Indiana which lept up from 8 percent last week to 42 percent this week. Illinois doubled its progress from 32 percent last week to 74 this week and Iowa made a strong effort, more than doubling its progress from last week at 17 to now 40 percent, however Iowa still lags its average of 48 percent. With the exception of Illinois, the other “I” states are not performing any better than the previous planting season in 2017. Minnesota, North Dakota and Tennessee all finally made it to the board this week with acres planted showing marginal progress at 9, 7 and 6 percent respectively. Several states have also started to show emergence in this week’s report with North Carolina in the lead at 58 percent emergence. On average, emergence is down across the board. The national average currently rates 8 percent complete, trailing the average of 14 percent.

The US soybean crop planting season shows good progress made since last week as a whole - surpassing the national average of 13 percent for this time of the year, up 2 points to 15 percent complete. However, individual states with Grain Sorghum have made only incremental progress this past week, though, very much on par for normal at 29 percent complete planted which is equal to the average and just under last year by one percent.

Finally, cotton planting is doing well on average, with 20 percent of the US crop now planted equal to both last year and the five-year average. However, Oklahoma’s crop has fallen significantly behind last year’s progress of 29 percent at only 8 percent complete this week - but just behind the average progress of 10 percent. Texas’ crop is a bit ahead of its average pace and Kansas, a bit behind there.

To review the complete Crop Progress report released on Monday afternoon- click or tap here.

Checking in on our southern plains states- Oklahoma received some much needed rain last week but also some less desirable weather, such as hail, severe winds, and flooding - winter wheat jointing reached 94 percent, down 4 points from the previous year and down 3 points from normal. Winter wheat headed reached 80 percent, down 8 points from the previous year but up 1 point from normal. Wheat’s condition this week in Oklahoma rates at 68 percent poor to very poor, 23 fair and 9 percent good to excellent. Canola blooming reached 81 percent, down 17 points from the previous year and down 14 points from normal. Canola coloring reached 15 percent, down 32 points from the previous year and down 11 points from normal. Canola’s condition rates this week 67 percent poor to very poor, 22 fair and 11 good to excellent. Corn planted reached 59 percent, down 2 points from the previous year and down 2 points from normal. Corn emerged reached 21 percent, down 22 points from the previous year and down 21 points from normal. Sorghum planted reached 17 percent, down 8 points from the previous year and down 4 points from normal. Cotton planted reached 8 percent, down 21 points from the previous year and down 2 points from normal. Conditions of pasture and range were rated at 71 percent fair to good.

Click or tap here for the complete Oklahoma Crop Weather report as of May 6.

In Kansas, limited information includes the latest wheat ratings - winter wheat condition rated 16 percent very poor, 34 poor, 36 fair, 14 good, and 0 excellent. Winter wheat jointed was 74 percent, well behind 95 last year. Headed was 19 percent, well behind 57 last year and 41 for the five-year average. Corn planted was 47 percent, near 44 last year and 48 average. Emerged was 18 percent, near 19 last year and 22 average. Sorghum planted was 1 percent, equal to both last year and average. Cotton planted was 2 percent, near 1 last year and 3 average. Pasture and range conditions rated 9 percent very poor, 21 poor, 45 fair, 25 good, and 0 excellent.

Click or tap here for the Kansas Crop Weather details released on Monday afternoon.

Finally, in Texas, average temperatures increased from the previous week in most parts of the state, while storms caused some wind and hail damage but also brought much needed moisture.

Winter wheat in the Plains remained in poor condition. Producers in the Cross Timbers and areas of the Blacklands were cutting and baling small grains in some areas. Wheat was turning in the Blacklands. Rust has been seen in some wheat in South Central Texas. Wheat harvest continued in areas of South Texas. Winter wheat headed this week rates 73 percent, on par with the average but behind last year by 9. Harvest has already begun and is at 5 percent complete versus 0 percent the year before and the average. Wheat’s condition in Texas this week rates 16 percent good to excellent, 24 fair and 60 percent poor to very poor.

Cotton planting started in areas of the High Plains and the Blacklands. Pima Cotton has emerged in the Tans-Pecos. Replanting of cotton continued in the Upper Coast. Areas of the Upper Coast and the Lower Valley were in need of moisture and heat units in order to promote cotton development. Corn in South Texas had reached the silking stage. Thanks to the recent rains, corn and sorghum conditions improved in the Blacklands and the Upper Coast. Sorghum planting continued in the Edwards Plateau. Cotton planting in Texas this week rates 19 percent complete, 3 points above this time last year and for the average. Squaring is at 1 percent, behind last year by 2 and the average by 1. In corn, planted is at 81 this week, above last year by 5 and the average by 9. Emerged is at 55 this week, below last year by 12 and the average by 6. Silked has reached 11 percent complete this week, compared to last year’s 7 percent and the average’s 3 percent. Corn’ s condition rates 35 good to excellent, 62 fair and 3 poor to very poor.

Range and pastureland this week rate 37 good to excellent, 36 fair and 27 poor to very poor.

For the complete Texas Crop Weather report- click or tap here.

Oklahoma’s crop again had deterioration this week versus a week ago while the Kansas crop saw neither a decline or improvement in its condition. The Texas wheat crop, though, again had some slight improvement this week in its combined poor to very poor crop rating - Oklahoma's poor to very poor rating increased by two percentage points from 66 percent a week ago to 68 percent this week. The Kansas crop stayed the same - at an even 50 percent this week - and the Texas wheat crop actually improved some decreasing from 61 percent poor to very poor last week to 60 percent poor to very poor this week.



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