30 May Parts Of Texas Complete As Kansas Begins
Wheat harvest has almost been completed in some parts of the state. Dry weather across much of the state allowed producers to continue harvesting fervently. However, in areas of North Texas, wet field conditions temporarily halted small grain harvest. Fungal diseases and armyworms were reported in some wheat fields.
Consistent weather has helped Oklahoma farmers stay well ahead of schedule. With regular dry and windy conditions, harvest of all small grains and canola continued significantly ahead of normal. The wheat harvest was 41 percent complete by Sunday, 31 points ahead of the previous year.
Wheat harvest reports were divided, with harvest being four percent complete, but conditions of the crop declining. The harvest in southern Kansas stands as the earliest start since data collection began in 1952, with 86 percent having turned color by Sunday. Forty percent of the crop had matured with the Central, South Central, and Southeast Districts reporting more than half of the crop matured. Wheat condition continued to decline and was rated at 8 percent very poor, 17 percent poor, 36 percent fair, 33 percent good, and 6 percent excellent. Insect damage was rated 16 percent light, 6 percent moderate, and 1 percent severe while disease damage was rated at 28 percent light, 16 percent moderate, and 4 percent severe.
Wheat headed was 26 points ahead of last year and 21 days ahead of average. The impact of hot and dry conditions and low temperatures on wheat in the Panhandle is being felt. Wheat conditions declined slightly and trailing last year’s crop at this stage, with 3 percent rated very poor, 10 poor, 37 fair, 45 good, and 5 excellent, below 53 percent good to excellent-last year and 64 average.
Both winter and spring wheat crops continue to soar throughout the state. Winter wheat is at 75 percent headed, up 36 percentage points from last week and ahead of the five-year average of 10 percent. Spring wheat is at 54 percent in the boot stage, 50 percentage points ahead of the five-year average.
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