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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 22 Weekly Summary for Jul 2-Jul 8 Issued July 9, 2012 Livestock and Crops Continue to Suffer The drought continued to develop across the state under hot and dry conditions the past week. Over 61 percent of the state was in a moderate to extreme drought per the July 3rd Drought Monitor. Little to no rain fell in western and central Oklahoma, with a few isolated areas of heavier rainfall in eastern Oklahoma and the Panhandle: Hooker recorded 2.5 inches of rain in the Panhandle and McAlester received two inches. Average temperatures were in the mid 80’s and highs continued to top 100 degrees. All crops suffered from the developing drought, though dryland crops fared worse with the lack of precipitation the past few weeks. Livestock conditions declined somewhat, as the heat took its toll on the animals, as well as the available pasture and stock ponds. Grasses were burning up and hay production was limited. Topsoil moisture conditions were rated mostly short to very short, with only six percent rated adequate. Subsoil moisture conditions were rated short to very short, with 14 percent rated adequate. There were 6.7 days suitable for field work. Small Grains: Plowing of wheat ground was 75 percent complete, 27 points ahead of normal and rye plowing was 74 percent complete. Plowing of oat ground was 77 percent complete by Sunday. Row Crops: Conditions continued to decline as drought conditions worsened and little rain fell. Peanuts were rated mostly good while soybeans and cotton were rated mostly fair. Corn silking was 64 percent complete by the end of the week, and 32 percent had reached the dough stage, 18 points ahead of normal. Sorghum emergence was 95 percent complete by Sunday, 21 points ahead of normal. Sorghum heading was 21 percent complete by Sunday. Virtually all soybeans had emerged by week’s end, well ahead of normal. Seventeen percent of soybeans were blooming by the end of the week. Peanut pegging was 39 percent complete by Sunday. Forty percent of the cotton crop was squaring by Sunday and six percent was setting bolls. Virtually the entire watermelon crop was setting fruit, 15 points ahead of normal. Harvest had begun and was 18 percent complete by the end of the week. Hay: Hay condition ratings continued to decline, rated mostly good to fair. Hay production suffered with the expanding drought. A second cutting of alfalfa was 95 percent complete by the end of the week and a third cutting was 51 percent complete, 24 points ahead of the five-year average. A first cutting of other hay was 92 percent complete, and a second cutting was 18 percent complete by Sunday, 13 points ahead of normal. Pasture and Livestock: Pasture and range condition ratings continued to fall; rated mostly fair to poor, with 10 percent rated very poor. Both the heat and heavy grasshopper populations continued to limit available pasture for livestock. Livestock condition ratings fell but continued to be rated mostly good. Prices for feeder steers less than 800 pounds averaged $151 per cwt. Prices for heifers less than 800 pounds averaged $140 per cwt. Soil Moisture Conditions by Percent Week Ending Sunday, July 8, 2012 Moisture Rating Current Week Previous Week One Year Ago Topsoil Very Short 48 25 74 Short 46 54 22 Adequate 6 21 4 Surplus 0 0 0 Subsoil Very Short 41 30 68 Short 45 46 27 Adequate 14 24 5 Surplus 0 0 0 Conditions by Percent For Week Ending Sunday, July 8, 2012 Commodity Very Poor Poor Fair Good Excellent Corn 4 10 37 48 1 Sorghum 2 19 45 34 0 Soybeans 3 19 52 25 1 Peanuts 0 1 17 74 8 Cotton 2 10 53 33 2 Alfalfa Hay 3 16 50 29 2 Other Hay 5 23 45 25 2 Livestock 0 5 39 51 5 Pasture and Range 10 26 47 16 1
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|Title||Oklahoma crop weather, 07/09/2012 v.35 no.22|
United States. National Agricultural Statistics Service. Oklahoma Field Office.
Oklahoma. Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry.
|Purpose||Livestock and Crops Continue to Suffer The drought continued to develop across the state under hot and dry conditions the past week.|
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