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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 15 Weekly Summary for May 14-May 20 Issued May 21, 2012 Early Harvest and Early Planting Wheat harvest continued to move north, into west central Oklahoma. Most of the week was warm and dry, but rain over the weekend slowed progress in some areas. Both wheat and canola were being harvested ahead of normal, and reported yields were an improvement from last year’s drought-stricken crop. The drought was still hanging on in the Panhandle; high temperatures and strong winds continued to remove soil moisture there. Planting of corn was virtually complete, and all other row crop plantings were at least ten points ahead of the five-year average. Severe weather over the weekend brought with it hail and isolated heavy rainfall. Ninnekah, in Grady County, recorded 3.6 inches of rain on Sunday, and most of the week’s rain fell in the southwestern quarter of the state. Soil moisture conditions declined over the last week. Half of the state was rated with adequate topsoil moisture and 47 percent had adequate subsoil moisture. There were 6.4 days suitable for field work. Small Grains: An early and rapid harvest continued to move north through the state. Conditions of all small grains and canola were rated mostly good to excellent. Ninety-five percent of wheat was in the soft dough stage of development, 33 points ahead of the five-year average. The wheat harvest was 14 percent complete by Sunday. The canola crop was 95 percent mature by Sunday, and 56 percent was harvested by week’s end. Virtually all rye was in the soft dough stage by the end of the week, and six percent was harvested. Oat heading was 89 percent complete and 58 percent was in the soft dough stage by Sunday. The oat harvest also began early, with eight percent harvested by week’s end. Row Crops: All crops emerged ahead of normal and corn conditions continued to be rated mostly good. Corn planting was virtually complete by the end of the week, and 78 percent had emerged. Sorghum seedbed preparation was 89 percent complete by Sunday. Sorghum planting was 41 percent complete, and 18 percent had emerged by the end of the week. Soybean seedbed preparation was 84 percent complete by week’s end, 14 points ahead of normal. Soybean planting was 46 percent complete, and 29 percent had emerged by Sunday. Peanut seedbed preparation was 95 percent complete, and 69 percent of the crop was planted by week’s end, 15 points ahead of normal. Thirty-six percent of the peanut crop had emerged by Sunday. Cotton seedbed preparation was 88 percent complete, and 36 percent was planted by Sunday. One fifth of the cotton crop had emerged by week’s end. Watermelon planting was 88 percent complete by the end of the week and 58 percent of the crop was growing out vines, significantly ahead of the five-year average. Hay: Conditions for both alfalfa and other hay continued to be rated mostly good. Cutting was ahead of normal, but more rain will be needed to continue adequate hay production. A first cutting of alfalfa hay was 94 percent complete by the end of the week, and a second cutting was 14 percent complete. A first cutting of other hay was 62 percent complete, 34 points ahead of the five-year average. Pasture and Livestock: Pasture and range conditions were rated mostly good. Some areas were reporting declining pond levels as recent rain events did not provide run-off. Livestock conditions continued to be rated mostly good, though problems with flies were reported, Prices for feeder steers less than 800 pounds averaged $156 per cwt. Prices for heifers less than 800 pounds averaged $142 per cwt. Soil Moisture Conditions by Percent Week Ending Sunday, May 20, 2012 Moisture Rating Current Week Previous Week One Year Ago Topsoil Very Short 10 7 34 Short 38 27 22 Adequate 50 65 37 Surplus 2 1 7 Subsoil Very Short 13 12 47 Short 39 34 26 Adequate 47 53 24 Surplus 1 1 3 Conditions by Percent For Week Ending Sunday, May 20, 2012 Commodity Very Poor Poor Fair Good Excellent Winter Wheat 1 5 19 54 21 Canola 1 3 23 48 25 Rye 1 3 16 57 23 Oats 1 2 22 57 18 Corn 0 0 8 86 6 Alfalfa Hay 1 2 25 60 12 Other Hay 1 3 28 55 13 Livestock 0 4 24 59 13 Pasture and Range 3 9 29 52 7
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|Title||Oklahoma crop weather, 05/21/2012, v.35 no.15|
United States. National Agricultural Statistics Service. Oklahoma Field Office.
Oklahoma. Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry.
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