Moderate Progress Made this Past Week in Corn, Soybean Planting with More Rain in the ForecastMon, 20 May 2019 17:35:36 CDT
The United States Department of Agriculture released its latest Crop Progress Report for the week ending May 19, 2019 on Monday. The report indicates that nationally, some moderate progress was made in both corn and soybean planting which has continued to lag behind its normal planting rate due to persistently wet conditions. This week, the US corn crop is 49 percent planted versus 39 last week and 80 the five-year average. Emergence is at 19 percent this week, compared to 10 percent last week and 49 on average. Prevent plant deadlines are quickly approaching as we near the end of the month for the western Corn Belt. Soybeans planted is at 19 percent, compared to 9 percent last week. Emerged is at 5 percent, well behind 24 last year and 17 the average. The forecast calls for more wet weather in the days ahead. At present, the US winter wheat crop is 54 percent headed with a condition rating of 66 percent good to excellent, 26 fair and 8 percent poor to very poor.
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Looking at our three-state region across the Southern Plains -
In Oklahoma, winter wheat headed reached 95 percent, unchanged from the previous year but down 2 points from normal. Wheat’s condition rates this week 88 percent good to excellent, 9 fair and 3 poor to very poor. Corn planted reached 55 percent, down 23 points from last year and 25 points from normal. Corn emerged reached 45 percent, down 12 points from the previous year and down 20 points from normal. Sorghum planted reached 13 percent, down 16 points from the previous year and down 25 points from normal. Soybeans planted reached 30 percent, down 5 points from the previous year but on par with normal. Soybeans emerged reached 1 percent, down 5 points from the previous year and down 6 points from normal. Cotton planted reached 10 percent, down 28 points from the previous year and down 19 points from normal. Pasture and range condition is rated at 70 percent good to excellent, 26 fair and 4 percent poor to very poor.
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In Kansas, winter wheat condition rated 2 percent very poor, 8 poor, 30 fair, 46 good, and 14 excellent. Headed was 61 percent, behind 67 last year, and well behind 83 for the five-year average. Corn planted was 61 percent, behind 80 both last year and average. Emerged was 37 percent, behind 53 both last year and average. Soybeans planted was 17 percent, well behind 47 last year, and behind 29 average. Emerged was 6 percent, behind 19 last year, and near 10 average. Sorghum planted was 3 percent, near 7 last year and 6 average. Pasture and range conditions rated 0 percent very poor, 3 poor, 26 fair, 57 good, and 14 excellent.
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Finally, across Texas, wheat was progressing in the Plains and changing colors in the Cross Timbers. Wheat harvest was active in South Texas and areas of South Central Texas, but only a few producers had begun combining in the Blacklands. Wheat was drying down in the Edwards Plateau. The winter wheat crop in Texas this week is 95 percent headed, ahead of last year by 4 and the average by 1. As of this report, 8 percent of the Texas crop is harvested, normal but behind last year by 3 points. Wheat’s condition rates 22 excellent, 39 good, 31 fair, 6 poor and 2 percent very poor. Corn planted is at 92 this week, ahead of 87 last year and 84 the average. Emerged is at 75 percent, near 79 last year and 74 on average. Silked is at 13 percent, compared to 23 last year and 17 the five-year average. Corn’s condition this week rates 22 excellent, 53 good, 22 fair, 1 poor and 2 very poor. Sorghum planted is at 79 this week, equal to the average but trailing last year’s 89. Headed is at 22 percent, near 19 for both the previous year and the five-year average. Sorghum’s condition is rated 23excellent, 45 good, 30 fair and 2 percent poor to very poor. Cotton planted reached 39 percent this week, just behind 41 last year and ahead of normal by 5. Squaring has started at 6 percent this week, between 7 the previous year and 5 on average. Pasture and rangeland condition this week rate 18 excellent, 51 good, 25 fair, 5 poor and 1 percent very poor.
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Pasture and range conditions in the Southern Plains saw mostly positive increases across the board this week compared to last. Oklahoma’s good to excellent rating climbed by 13 points since last week and Texas saw a 3-point increase in its ratings. Kansas had a 1-point decline in its good to excellent rating this week, but also had a 1-point decrease in its poor to very poor rating, creating a neutral gain of 2 points in the fair category. Nationwide, pasture and range conditions are generally better than last year, with a 20-point lead on in its good to excellent rating. Currently, conditions across the US rate 66 good to excellent, 28 fair and 6 percent poor to very poor. Most impressive currently are states such as Utah with a 90 percent good to excellent rating. Alabama has an 85 percent good to excellent rating and Nebraska coming in with 78 percent good to excellent conditions. New Mexico, however, at the opposite end of the scale at 34 percent poor to very poor and only 32 percent good to excellent.
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