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Soybean Harvest Ramps Up Finally with Favorable Weather, South Plains Wheat Planting Continues

Mon, 22 Oct 2018 16:52:30 CDT

Soybean Harvest Ramps Up Finally with Favorable Weather, South Plains Wheat Planting Continues After falling steadily behind schedule the last few weeks, some recent favorable weather conditions have helped the US soybean harvest ramp up its pace finally across the Midwest, while the progress of the US corn harvest remains ahead of its historical average rate of speed, according to the latest Crop Progress report for the week ending on October 21, 2018 and released by the United States Department of Agriculture on Monday, October 22, 2018.

The report indicates that the US corn crop’s quality is unchanged from this past week at 68 percent good to excellent, 2 points better than last year at this time. Corn harvested is nearly halfway complete this week at 49 percent, ahead of last year by 12 points and the five-year average by 2 points.

The US soybean crop quality is, too, unchanged from the week prior at 66 percent good to excellent, slightly better than this time last year by 5 points. The soybean harvest has made some significant progress since last week, rising 15 points to 53 percent complete, but still behind the normal pace of 69 percent.

Meanwhile, cotton’s harvest across the Southern Plains is coasting along nicely, at 39 percent complete for the week, ahead of normal by 6 points and last year’s progress by 3 points. Currently, 88 percent of the US cotton crop is at bolls opening, near last year’s 86 percent and the five-year average of 89 percent.

Pasture and range conditions across the US showing no change this week, stagnant at 21 percent poor to very poor, 30 fair and 49 percent good to excellent. Our three-state region shows an overall decline, collectively. Kansas conditions remain unchanged from last week at 50 percent good to excellent, while Oklahoma’s conditions dropped 3 points from 52 to 49 percent good to excellent and Texas slid by just 1 point down to 58 percent good to excellent. Many western states though represent the worst end of the spectrum showing a growing decline in quality as well with Oregon topping the list at 83 percent poor to very poor followed by Utah (68%) and California (65%). Arizona, Colorado, Washington and New Mexico all have more than 50 percent poor to very poor conditions as well.

To review the complete USDA Crop Progress report for Monday, October 22, 2018 - click here.

Looking in on our three-state region -

Winter wheat planted in Oklahoma reached 75 percent, up 5 points from the previous year. Winter wheat emerged reached 62 percent, up 10 points from the previous year. Canola planted reached 60 percent, down 26 points from the previous year. Corn harvested reached 71 percent, up 2 points from the previous year but down 9 points from normal. Sorghum mature reached 78 percent, down 14 points from the previous year. Sorghum harvested reached 50 percent, down 3 points from the previous year. Soybeans dropping leaves reached 77 percent, up 4 points from the previous year and up 17 points from normal. Soybeans harvested reached 31 percent, up 8 points from the previous year. Cotton bolls opening reached 90 percent, down 4 points from the previous year. Cotton harvested reached 17 percent, down 3 points from the previous year but up 2 points from normal.

Click here to view the complete Crop Progress report for Oklahoma.

In Kansas, winter wheat planted was 67 percent, near 63 last year, but behind 80 for the five-year average. Emerged was 53 percent, ahead of 39 last year, but near 56 average. Corn harvested was 69 percent, ahead of 63 last year, but behind 75 average. Soybean condition rated 4 percent very poor, 11 poor, 33 fair, 42 good, and 10 excellent. Soybeans dropping leaves was 93 percent, near 96 last year and 94 average. Harvested was 23 percent, well behind 53 last year and 51 average. Sorghum condition rated 2 percent very poor, 5 poor, 24 fair, 54 good, and 15 excellent. Sorghum mature was 88 percent, near 85 last year, and equal to average. Harvested was 23 percent, near 22 last year, but behind 40 average. Cotton condition rated 1 percent very poor, 4 poor, 35 fair, 53 good, and 7 excellent. Cotton bolls opening was 84 percent, near 85 last year and 80 average. Harvested was 3 percent, behind 9 last year, and near 7 average.

Click here to view the complete Crop Progress report for Kansas.

And finally, across Texas, wet conditions across many areas of the state kept small grains producers from seeding remaining fields. Producers in areas of the Low Plains, the Cross Timbers and the Blacklands considered replanting winter wheat due to excess moisture. Cotton conditions in the High Plains were declining. Producers across the state were waiting for dryer conditions to begin harvest.

Click here to view the complete Crop Progress report for Texas.



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