Wrapping up in South Texas

Recent showers have slowed harvesting crews in some parts of Texas. Currently, South Texas is near completion in harvest while the South Dakota wheat crop has just started heading out. Temperatures are averaging normal across the High Plains resulting in better crop conditions.

Some areas of the state received up to two inches of rain as scattered showers swept across Texas. While wheat continues to develop in the Panhandle, harvest is moving closer to the High Plains. Presently, harvest in South Texas is almost complete. The Texas wheat condition was mainly very poor to poor.


The state experienced mild, dry weather last week. Statewide temperatures averaged 70 degrees with 0.35 inches of rainfall. The Oklahoma wheat condition improved slightly, while 86 percent of the crop reached the soft dough stage of development. Wheat producers in southwestern counties began harvesting small quantities of wheat.

Last week, the state received precipitation with the heaviest amounts reported in the Northwest. Ninety-nine percent of the wheat is headed, while 10 percent is turning. The Kansas wheat condition continues to stay in good to excellent condition at 47 percent.

The state received precipitation above average, while temperatures remained normal. The additional moisture increased the crop condition statewide to mainly in good condition. Winter wheat was reported at 99 percent jointed and 74 percent headed.

Temperatures across the state reached in the 90s. The southwest and south central districts averaged 1.5 inches of precipitation. The eastern third of the state received limited amounts of rainfall. The Nebraska wheat crop condition is 76 percent in good to excellent condition. Sixty-seven percent of the wheat crop is headed, near the 70 percent average.

South Dakota
The state experienced warmer temperatures and scattered showers that produced hail in the East and far southwest. The additional moisture helped the development of crops. Currently, 6 percent of South Dakota’s wheat crop is headed.

For more information e-mail crew@allaboardharvest.com. All Aboard 2009 Wheat Harvest is sponsored by High Plains Journal and DuPont Crop Protection.


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