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USDA Reports Nationís Corn and Soybean Crops Developing at Much Faster Pace Than Normal

Mon, 09 Jul 2018 16:33:51 CDT

USDA Reports Nationís Corn and Soybean Crops Developing at Much Faster Pace Than Normal The US Department of Agriculture released Monday, July 9, 2018 its latest Crop Progress report according to which the US corn crop is denoted as being 37 percent complete in its silking stage, well above 18 for last year and the five-year average, with a current condition rating this week of 7 percent poor to very poor, 18 fair and 75 percent good to excellent. Meanwhile, 47 percent of the national soybean crop is reported to be blooming, ahead of both the previous year at 32 percent and the five-year average of 27 percent, with a condition rating currently of 7 percent poor to very poor, 22 fair and 71 good to excellent. Also this week, 11 percent of US soybean are reported to be setting pods, 7 points above normal and 5 above this time last year.

Click or tap here to view the complete USDA Crop Progress report, released Monday, July 9, 2018.

Looking at our three-state region across the Southern Plains this week -

In Oklahoma, corn silk reached 44 percent, up 7 points from the previous year. Sorghum planted reached 96 percent, up 3 points from the previous year. Sorghum headed reached 17 percent, up 1 point from the previous year. Sorghumís condition this week rates 3 percent poor to very poor, 44 fair and 53 percent good to excellent. Soybeans planted reached 99 percent, up 8 points from the previous year. Soybeans emerged reached 88 percent, up 6 points from the previous year. Soybeans blooming reached 9 percent, up 6 points from the previous year. Soybeans setting pods reached 1 percent. Soybeanís condition rates currently 10 poor to very poor, 32 fair and 54 percent good to excellent. Cotton setting bolls reached 10 percent, up 10 points from the previous year and up 3 points from normal. Cottonís condition rates at 25 percent poor to very, 37 fair and 38 good to excellent. Conditions of pasture and range were rated at 16 poor to very poor, 34 percent fair and 50 good to excellent.

For the full Oklahoma Crop Progress report for this week, click here.

In Kansas, winter wheat condition rated 16 percent very poor, 30 poor, 37 fair, 15 good, and 2 excellent. Winter wheat harvested was 92 percent, near 90 last year, and ahead of 85 for the five-year average. Corn condition rated 4 percent very poor, 12 poor, 32 fair, 45 good, and 7 excellent. Corn silking was 48 percent, ahead of 34 both last year and average. Dough was 6 percent, near 3 both last year and average. Soybean condition rated 2 percent very poor, 9 poor, 38 fair, 47 good, and 4 excellent. Soybeans blooming was 38 percent, ahead of 25 last year, and well ahead of 15 average. Setting pods was 5 percent, near 3 last year and 1 average. Sorghum condition rated 2 percent very poor, 5 poor, 33 fair, 54 good, and 6 excellent. Sorghum headed was 6 percent, near 4 last year and 3 average. Cotton condition rated 1 percent very poor, 3 poor, 34 fair, 59 good, and 3 excellent. Cotton squaring was 55 percent, well ahead of 17 last year and 21 average. Pasture and range conditions rated 7 percent very poor, 21 poor, 39 fair, 30 good, and 3 excellent.

For the full Kansas Crop Progress report for this week, click here.

And across Texas, wheat harvest is nearly complete with few isolated areas in the Northern Plains not quite finished as dryland cotton meanwhile continues to struggle in the Plains and the Edwards Plateau. And as wheat harvest wraps up across the state, corn harvest has begun in South Texas and continues in the Lower Valley. Winter wheat condition in Texas this week was unchanged from last week rating 50 percent poor to very poor, 31 fair and 19 percent good to excellent. Wheat harvest climbed 6 points this week from last reaching 86 percent, behind 92 the average and 96 for the previous year. Meanwhile, 68 percent of the corn crop in Texas is currently silking, near last yearís 65 and on par with the average. Corn dough reached 54 percent this week, ahead of last year by 2 and the average by 4. Dented is at 48 percent complete this week, better than last year by 4 and ahead of the average by 10. As of this week, 17 percent of the crop is reported mature, near 14 last year and 13 the average. Sorghumís condition this week rates 34 percent poor to very poor, 40 fair and 26 percent good to excellent, with 62 percent of the crop headed, 56 percent at the coloring stage, 40 percent mature and just 17 percent harvested this week. Finally, cotton is 51 percent squaring this week, down from last year by just 1 and 7 ahead of normal. Setting bolls is at 18 percent currently, even with last year and ahead of normal by 6, with a condition rating this week at 42 percent poor to very poor, 37 fair and 21 good to excellent. Bolls opening this week is at 3 percent, even with last year and ahead of normal by 2 points. Pasture and range conditions this week rate 41 poor to very poor, 34 fair and 25 good to excellent.

For the full Texas Crop Progress report for this week, click here.

The good to excellent spread of pasture and range conditions here in the Southern Plains is holding up relatively well for the most part compared to last year, at least for Oklahoma and Texas despite having been under drought conditions for so long. Kansas on the other hand has fallen considerably below last yearís statistics. Comparing this week to the same time last year in Oklahoma, we see a 6-point spread in the combined good to excellent rating with this week at 50 percent and last year at 56 percent. Kansas rates at 33 percent good to excellent this week, leaving a 41-point deficit from last yearís 74 percent good to excellent. Finally, Texas is actually better in 2018 compared to the same time last year at 59 percent good to excellent, 7 points better than last yearís rating of 52 percent. Arizona resides at the bottom of the national comparison with a poor to very poor rating of 90 percent, currently. The nearest state beyond that is New Mexico with 61 percent of its rangeland rated poor to very poor. Colorado takes the third spot with 51 percent and followed closely by Missouri at 48 percent.



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