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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 33 Weekly Summary for Sep 17-Sep 23 Issued September 24, 2012 One Fifth of Wheat and Canola Planted Little to no rain fell across Oklahoma over the past week. Most of the Mesonet stations received no measurable rainfall, with a few showers in the northeast. Moisture from September 1st through the 23rd was below normal across the state, averaging 41 percent of normal precipitation during the crucial start to fall planting. Although the past week was very dry, moisture from showers the week before gave some producers the opportunity to plant wheat and canola. Some dusted in wheat while others are waiting for additional moisture before making planting decisions. The continuing drought meant no significant improvements to row crop conditions. Livestock producers were still in need of moisture for stock ponds and to increase the potential for small grain grazing this winter. Topsoil moisture conditions declined from the week prior, with 11 percent rated adequate. Subsoil moisture conditions declined slightly, with 96 percent of the state rated short to very short. There were 6.4 days suitable for field work. Small Grains: Planting continued, taking advantage of moisture from the week prior, where available. Wheat seedbed preparation was 77 percent complete by the end of the week, and 21 percent was planted, on track with the five-year average. Rye seedbed preparation was 83 percent complete, and 36 percent was planted by Sunday. Oat seedbed preparation was 66 percent complete by week’s end. Seedbed preparation was complete on 85 percent of canola fields by Sunday, and 20 percent of planting was reported as complete, 10 points ahead of last year’s progress. Row Crops: Conditions showed only minor improvements after a few showers early in September. Some failed cotton acres were being destroyed last week. Ninety-five percent of the corn was mature by Sunday, 11 points ahead of normal. The corn harvest was 67 complete by the end of the week, 10 points ahead of the five-year average. Sorghum headed reached 94 percent complete and 82 percent of the crop was coloring. Sorghum mature reached 52 percent complete by week’s end, and 35 percent of the sorghum crop was harvested, 21 points ahead of normal. Eighty-eight percent of soybeans were setting pods by Sunday. Soybean plants reported as mature reached 21 percent by the end of the week and a small portion was reported as harvested. The peanut crop was 54 percent mature by the end of the week. Ninety-four percent of cotton plants were setting bolls by the end of the week and 59 percent had bolls opening. Hay: Conditions continued to be rated mostly poor to very poor. The third cutting of alfalfa was 94 percent complete and a fourth cutting of alfalfa was 51 percent complete by Sunday, 21 points behind normal. The second cutting of other hay reached 63 percent complete, five points behind the five-year average. Pasture and Livestock: Conditions of pasture and range continued to be rated mostly poor to very poor. Livestock conditions were rated mostly good to fair. Problems with flies were reported in some areas. Prices for feeder steers less than 800 pounds averaged $145 per cwt. Prices for heifers less than 800 pounds averaged $135 per cwt. Soil Moisture Conditions by Percent Week Ending Sunday, September 23, 2012 Moisture Rating Current Week Previous Week One Year Ago Topsoil Very Short 48 42 69 Short 41 41 24 Adequate 11 17 7 Surplus 0 0 0 Subsoil Very Short 69 65 84 Short 27 29 15 Adequate 4 6 1 Surplus 0 0 0 Conditions by Percent For Week Ending Sunday, September 23, 2012 Commodity Very Poor Poor Fair Good Excellent Sorghum 28 32 32 8 0 Soybeans 25 39 25 10 1 Peanuts 3 4 24 64 5 Cotton 29 46 16 9 0 Alfalfa Hay 34 36 21 8 1 Other Hay 33 39 22 5 1 Livestock 2 15 43 34 6 Pasture and Range 40 35 20 5 0
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|Title||Oklahoma crop weather, 09/24/2012, v.35 no.33|
Oklahoma. Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry.
United States. National Agricultural Statistics Service. Oklahoma Field Office.
|Purpose||One Fifth of Wheat and Canola Planted; Little to no rain fell across Oklahoma over the past week.|
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