Winter Wheat Planting and Fall Harvest Rapidly Advancing According to Latest USDA Crop Progress ReportMon, 19 Oct 2020 17:37:53 CDT
U.S. farmers are rapidly completing fall harvest and wheat planting chores according to the latest USDA Crop Progress report.
Winter wheat farmers have planted 77 percent of their crop with 51 percent emergence, both marks are several points ahead of normal for this time of year.
The High Plains states of Nebraska (94 percent), Colorado (98 percent), Kansas (84 percent), Oklahoma (74 percent) and South Dakota (97 percent) are basically finished as the remainder in these areas are waiting on rain before completing planting.
Corn harvest in the major producing states has now reached 60 percent, well ahead of the 43 percent average for this time of year.
Farmers in North Carolina (93 percent complete), Texas (85 percent) and Tennessee (83 percent) are about ready to store the corn heads for the winter.
The "I" states of Illinois (66 percent), Indiana (48 percent) and Iowa (65 percent) are at or past the halfway mark in harvesting corn.
Soybean harvest is progressing even faster as the nation's major soybean states have now harvested 75 percent of the crop, well ahead of the 58 percent average.
Iowa (90 percent), Mississippi (72 percent) and Minnesota (98 percent) are among the states nearing the finish line.
Cotton harvest is now in full swing as 34 percent of the acres have been harvested, which is right on the average.
Grain sorghum harvest has passed the halfway mark with 63 percent of the acres in the six major producing states complete, which is well ahead of the 51 percent average.
Texas (92 percent) and South Dakota (83 percent) are about finished.
Most of the nation's pasture and range conditions are drought-stressed going into the winter months. Only 20 percent is rated good to excellent this week, 36 percent fair and 44 percent is rated poor to very poor (4 percent increase from last week).
The northeastern U.S. continues to struggle with drought as most of the pasture and range acres are in the poor to very poor category.
Also, the western and Rocky Mountain regions are struggling as 55 percent of California pasture and range acres are listed as poor to very poor, Colorado has 66 percent in that category and Wyoming has 72 percent poor to very poor.
To view the U.S. Crop Progress report, click here. (The PDF version of the report was unavailable at press deadline)
For Oklahoma, winter wheat planted reached 74 percent, down 3 points from the previous year but unchanged from normal.
Winter wheat emerged reached 47 percent, down 16 points from the previous year and down 6 points from normal.
Canola planted reached 30 percent, unchanged from the previous year but down 38 points from normal.
Corn harvested reached 72 percent, up 4 points from the previous year but unchanged from normal.
Grain sorghum harvested reached 47 percent, up 2 points from the previous year but down 4 points from normal.
Oklahoma soybean harvest reached 28 percent, up 11 points from the previous year and up 4 points from normal.
Peanuts harvested reached 33 percent, down 2 points from the previous year and down 1 point from normal.
Oklahoma cotton farmers have harvested 16 percent of their crop, down 3 points from the previous year but up 1 point from normal.
The fifth cutting of alfalfa hay reached 31 percent, up 31 points from the previous year and up 13 points from normal.
The third cutting of other hay reached 51 percent, up 2 points from the previous year but unchanged from normal.
Oklahoma pasture and range conditions were rated 27 percent good to excellent, 40 percent fair and 33 percent poor to very poor.
To view the Oklahoma report, click here.
For Kansas, the largest winter wheat producing state, farmers have planted 84 percent of the crop, ahead of the 73 percent mark last year and 70 percent normal average.
Wheat acres emerged was 61 percent, ahead of 46 percent both last year and average.
The condition of the young Kansas wheat crop is rated only 31 percent good to excellent, 45 percent fair and 24 percent poor to very poor.
Kansas corn harvested was 76 percent, ahead of 58 percent last year and 69 percent average.
Soybean acres harvested was 64 percent, well ahead of 27 percent last year and 35 percent average.
Kansas grain sorghum acres harvested was 49 percent, well ahead of 24 percent last year, and ahead of 32 percent average.
Kansas cotton producers have harvested 6 percent of the acres, which is near the 3 percent mark last year, and equal to average.
Kansas sunflowers harvested was 38 percent, ahead of 24 percent last year and 22 percent average.
Kansas pasture and range conditions were rated 27 percent good to excellent, 39 percent fair and34 percent poor to very poor.
To view the Kansas crop progress report, click here.
For Texas, winter wheat seeding continued in the Northern High Plains, but was paused in the Southern High Plains and the Low Plains regions due to dry conditions, high heat, and strong winds. Seeding was expected to continue as soon as moisture was received in the area.
Small grain emergence was very slow in the Blacklands and the Cross Timbers due to lack of moisture.
However, producers were spraying for army worms.
Small grains seeding continued in South Texas.
Overall, Texas wheat producers have planted 64 percent of the crop with 40 percent emerged.
Texas cotton harvest was underway in areas of the Plains but was winding down in the Blacklands and South East Texas.
Pima cotton was being defoliated in the Trans-Pecos.
Overall, Texas cotton producers have harvested 42 percent of their crop.
Corn and sorghum harvests were ongoing in the Northern High Plains.
Statewide, grain sorghum harvest was 92 percent complete and corn harvest was 85 percent complete.
Supplemental feeding was active in the Northern High Plains, the Southern Low Plains, the Cross Timbers, the Blacklands, the Edwards Plateau, South Central Texas and South Texas.
Stock tanks levels had reached low levels in areas of the Cross Timbers and the Blacklands.
Feral hogs continued to damage areas of the Blacklands as well as areas of North East Texas.
Pasture and range conditions continued to worsen across most of the state due to the lack of rain.
Approximately 20 percent of the Texas pasture and range acres are rated good to excellent, 43 percent fair and 37 percent poor to very poor.
To view the Texas report, click here.
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