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Wheat Planting Gets Underway in Oklahoma, According to Crop Progress Report, with 2% Complete

Tue, 11 Sep 2018 16:54:28 CDT

Wheat Planting Gets Underway in Oklahoma, According to Crop Progress Report, with 2% Complete The 2018 corn and soybean harvest season reached the Southern Plains at the beginning of this month with above average quality ratings. Harvest continues to progress this week with the latest advancements noted in the USDA Crop Progress report for the week ending on September 9th, released a day late due to technical difficulties on Tuesday, September 11, 2018. The results from this report show both corn and soybean crop ratings steady with only marginal changes compared to the previous week.

Corn crop ratings improved by 1 point from 67% rated good-to-excellent the prior week up to 68% last week. Another 20% of the crop is rated fair (down from 21% the prior week), with the remaining 12% rated poor or very poor (unchanged from the prior week).

From a state-by-state perspective, Nebraska continues to lead the charge on crop ratings in the traditional corn belt, with 82% of its crop rated good-to-excellent. Other key production states such as Illinois (77%) and Iowa (73%) also continue to see a better crop rating than the national average. And Missouri (28%) and Texas (29%) continue to represent the lower end of the quality spectrum.

The development of the 2018 corn crop continues its relatively fast pace with 86% of the crop is now denting, versus 73% a year ago and a five-year average of 75%. And 35% of the crop is at full maturity, versus 20% a year ago and a five-year average of 21%. As of the release of this report, corn harvest is at 5%, on track compared to last year and ahead of normal pace by 2 points.

Soybean crop condition for the week ending Sept. 9 improved slightly since the last report, with 50% of the crop in good condition and 18% of the crop in excellent condition, both up 1 point. With several states trending above the nationwide average, only Missouri (43%) is seeing less than half of their crops in good-to-excellent condition.

USDA reports that 31% of the soybean crop is now dropping leaves, versus 16% a week ago, 20% last year and a five-year average of 19%- so the crop remains ahead of normal crop development.

Farther south, the U.S. cotton crop is also tracking ahead of normal, with 39% of the crop at open-boll stage. Thatís up from 2017ís pace of 33% and the five-year average of 35%. Cotton quality fell another three points this past week, however- moving from 41% in good-to-excellent condition the prior week down to 38%. Last year, 63% of the crop was in similar condition.

Nationally, the Pasture and Range ratings improved just one percentage point from a week ago- now standing at 43% in good to excellent condition- but four points under the ratings of 2017. In our region-Oklahoma Pasture and Range ratings dropped by five percentage points down from 50% to 45% good to excellent compared to last week, Texas jumps up eight points to 20% good to excellent, Missouri improves by four percentage points to 19% good to excellent while Kansas climbed eight points to 46% good to excellent. Missouri now has several states in worse shape with their pastures than the Show Me State has- Missouri checks in with 44% of their pastures in poor to very poor condition. The most awful ratings for this week can be seen in Arizona with 59% poor to very poor and Oregon at 74% poor to very poor.

Click or tap here to review the latest USDA Crop Progress report as released on Tuesday September 11, 2018.

In Oklahoma, corn harvest is officially underway with 15% of the crop completed so far, while sorghum harvested has doubled in the past week from 4% up to 8% complete, on par with the average and just under last yearís pace of 9%. Wheat planted in Oklahoma is on the board this week, too, at 2%, even with the five-year average and ahead of last year by 1 point- click here to review the complete Oklahoma Crop Progress Numbers.

According to this week's Kansas Crop Progress report- the 2019 winter wheat planted was 3%, equal to both last year and for the five-year average with corn harvested at 9%, equal to last year, and near 8% the average- click or tap here to check out the entire report on Kansas crop conditions as of September second.

In Texas- winter wheat seeding continued in the Plains, the Cross Timbers and the Edwards Plateau. Meanwhile, some farmers began seeding small grains in the Blacklands, but most were still preparing fields. The corn harvest is now 63% complete in the state while grain sorghum harvest is remains at just two thirds complete- cotton harvest is active in much of the southern districts up to and including the Blacklands, denoted at 18% complete statewide. Click or tap here to read the latest Texas Crop report released this week.



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