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United States Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service Oklahoma Crop Weather Oklahoma Field Office Cooperating with the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry P.O. Box 528804 · Oklahoma City, OK 73152-8804 (405) 522-6190 · FAX (405) 528-2296 · www.nass.usda.gov/ok A combined contribution with Cooperative Extension Service, USDA Farm Service Agency and Oklahoma Mesonet -over- USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. Information provided by respondents on NASS surveys, will remain completely confidential, as required by Federal law. NASS safeguards the confidentiality of all responses, ensuring that no individual producer or operation can be identified. Volume 35, Number 24 Weekly Summary for Jul 16-Jul 22 Issued July 23, 2012 Record Heat and Parched Conditions Four Oklahoma cities broke temperature records this past week and another four tied temperature records. The increasingly dry conditions prompted state officials to extend a burn ban to 31 counties. Scattered storms brought some limited relief to areas in the North Central and Eastern parts of the state, but the rest of the state remained mostly dry. Crop condition ratings dropped faster this week with the intense heat than the previous week. Reports of pastures going dormant, stock water supplies drying up, and early cattle sales were common last week. A report of irrigation not being able to keep up in the Southwest, and another of weakening wells was also reported. Positive reports on early planted corn and milo prospects were received, however there was an increasing concern about the condition of double crops and anything planted late. Topsoil and subsoil moisture supplies dropped rapidly, with 62 percent of topsoil and 53 percent of subsoil being rated very short by week’s end. There were 6.7 days suitable for field work. Small Grains: Plowing of small grain fields slowed down last week with wheat plowed only increasing one point to 83 percent complete. Rye plowed was 80 percent complete, up three points from the previous week. Oats plowed was 85 percent complete, up five points from the previous week. Row Crops: Conditions of all row crops continued to decline over the past week under the parched conditions. Corn silking reached 87 percent complete by week’s end. Sixty-seven percent of corn reached the dough stage, an increase of 28 points. Corn dented was rated at 26 percent complete, well ahead of normal for this week of the year. Sorghum headed reached 46 percent complete compared to 32 percent last week, and the five-year average of 28 percent. Sorghum coloring reached 18 percent, up 11 points from the previous week. Soybean blooming was 42 percent complete, close to the five-year average of 41 percent, and setting pods were rated at eight percent complete. Peanuts development continued to progress with 76 percent pegging, up 15 points from the previous week. Peanuts setting pods reached 13 percent complete by Sunday. Cotton squaring was rated at 60 percent by week’s end, and 16 percent of the crop was setting bolls. Miscellaneous crops: Watermelon’s harvested was nearing the halfway mark with 46 percent of the crop reported harvested by week’s end. Hay: Conditions ratings for all hay continued to worsen with the majority of alfalfa and other hay now rated fair to poor. The third cutting of alfalfa was 76 percent complete, advancing six points from the previous week. The second cutting of other hay increased 16 points to 37 percent complete. Pasture and livestock: Pasture and range conditions continued to slide with several reports of pastures going dormant and early selling of livestock. Stock water supplies were becoming a concern. Eighteen percent of Oklahoma’s range and pasture were rated in very poor condition, with 90 percent of the state rated less than good. Despite the deteriorating conditions the majority of livestock were rated in the fair to good condition. Prices for feeder steers less than 800 pounds averaged $136 per cwt. Prices for heifers less than 800 pounds averaged $128 per cwt. Soil Moisture Conditions by Percent Week Ending Sunday, July 22, 2012 Moisture Rating Current Week Previous Week One Year Ago Topsoil Very Short 62 46 87 Short 34 45 12 Adequate 4 9 1 Surplus 0 0 0 Subsoil Very Short 53 45 82 Short 40 44 16 Adequate 7 11 2 Surplus 0 0 0 Conditions by Percent For Week Ending Sunday, July 22, 2012 Commodity Very Poor Poor Fair Good Excellent Corn 9 19 36 35 1 Sorghum 8 24 45 23 0 Soybeans 10 28 44 18 0 Peanuts 0 5 26 69 0 Cotton 2 17 56 25 0 Alfalfa Hay 9 29 41 21 0 Other Hay 8 33 43 14 2 Livestock 2 9 45 40 4 Pasture and Range 18 34 38 10 0
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|Title||Oklahoma crop weather, 07/23/2012 v.35 no.24|
United States. National Agricultural Statistics Service. Oklahoma Field Office.
Oklahoma. Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry.
|Purpose||Record Heat and Parched Conditions Four Oklahoma cities broke temperature records this past week and another four tied temperature records.|
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