2012-05-29 Ok crop weather 1
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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 16 Weekly Summary for May 21-May 27 Issued May 29, 2012 Dry Conditions Persist The Drought Monitor as of May 22nd showed a significant increase in the area rated as abnormally dry. Over two thirds of the state is now rated as abnormally dry or worse and almost 14 percent of the state is considered to be in a drought, with moderate to extreme conditions. Warm temperatures combined with wind and lack of rainfall to produce the dry conditions. Very little rain was recorded over the past week; however some rain fell in isolated areas of the Panhandle and Southwest districts, with 1.2 inches recorded in Boise City for the week ending Sunday. Wind gusts as strong as 75 mph were recorded at Woodward on Friday, and sustained winds over 40 mph were recorded through northwestern Oklahoma and the Panhandle. The warm and dry conditions continued to aid an early and rapidly progressing harvest of wheat and canola. Row crop planting also made progress and emergence was ahead of normal. Soil moisture conditions declined over the last week: 60 percent of topsoil and 62 percent of subsoil was rated short to very short. None was rated surplus. There were 6.6 days suitable for field work, due to the lack of rainfall. Small Grains: Harvest of all small grains and canola continued significantly ahead of normal, facilitated by warm and dry conditions. The wheat harvest was 41 percent complete by Sunday, 31 points ahead of the previous year. The canola harvest was 85 percent complete by week’s end, more than 70 points ahead of last year. Rye harvesting was 31 percent complete. Oat heading was 94 percent complete and 76 percent was in the soft dough stage by Sunday. The oat harvest was also well ahead of normal, with 28 percent harvested by week’s end. Row Crops: Planting progress continued on single-cropped acreage. Ninety percent of corn had emerged by the end of the week. Sorghum seedbed preparation was 93 percent complete by Sunday. Sorghum planting was 52 percent complete, and 25 percent had emerged by the end of the week. Soybean seedbed preparation was 89 percent complete by week’s end. Soybean planting was 57 percent complete, and 42 percent had emerged by Sunday. Peanut planting was 85 percent complete, and 50 percent of the peanut crop had emerged by Sunday. Cotton seedbed preparation was 90 percent complete. Half of the cotton crop was planted by Sunday and 32 percent had emerged. Watermelon planting was virtually complete by the end of the week and 60 percent of the crop was running vines, 29 points ahead of the five-year average. A small portion was already setting fruit. Hay: Conditions for both alfalfa and other hay declined slightly, but continued to be rated mostly good. The lack of rainfall has limited production in some areas, but cutting continued ahead of normal overall. A first cutting of alfalfa hay was virtually complete by the end of the week, and a second cutting has 24 percent complete. A first cutting of other hay was 72 percent complete, 35 points ahead of the five-year average. Pasture and Livestock: Pasture and range conditions were rated mostly good, but worsened slightly from the previous week. Ranchers in the Panhandle were reporting a lack of available pasture, and other areas of the state reported slowed growth of grasses. Livestock conditions continued to be rated mostly good. Prices for feeder steers and heifers less than 800 pounds averaged $157 and $145 per cwt, respectively. Soil Moisture Conditions by Percent Week Ending Sunday, May 27, 2012 Moisture Rating Current Week Previous Week One Year Ago Topsoil Very Short 14 10 27 Short 46 38 26 Adequate 40 50 42 Surplus 0 2 5 Subsoil Very Short 19 13 38 Short 43 39 29 Adequate 38 47 30 Surplus 0 1 3 Conditions by Percent For Week Ending Sunday, May 27, 2012 Commodity Very Poor Poor Fair Good Excellent Winter Wheat 2 6 19 55 18 Rye 2 3 15 62 18 Oats 1 4 20 56 19 Corn 0 0 20 74 6 Alfalfa Hay 1 3 34 50 12 Other Hay 1 3 31 52 13 Livestock 1 4 26 59 10 Pasture and Range 4 9 32 51 4
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|Title||Oklaoma crop weather, 05/29/2012, v.35 no.16|
United States. National Agricultural Statistics Service. Oklahoma Field Office.
Oklahoma. Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry.
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