Topsoil Moisture Continues to Wave Goodbye


Another week of triple-digit temperatures and little for rainfall again dropped the crop condition ratings for corn and soybeans.  As of this past Sunday, the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Serve reports that 45{6b02cb02835b82b7f756ddf6717aaab7139b350de274ea97f5b53eb230607107} of the corn is rated at 45{6b02cb02835b82b7f756ddf6717aaab7139b350de274ea97f5b53eb230607107} poor-to-very-poor.  That’s 7{6b02cb02835b82b7f756ddf6717aaab7139b350de274ea97f5b53eb230607107} more of the crop receiving that rating than the week before.  The hot weather is also pushing the crop along at top speed.  Eighty-six percent of nation’s corn crop is silking compared to a 59{6b02cb02835b82b7f756ddf6717aaab7139b350de274ea97f5b53eb230607107} average.

Soybean condition ratings dropped to 35{6b02cb02835b82b7f756ddf6717aaab7139b350de274ea97f5b53eb230607107} poor-to-very-poor compared to 30{6b02cb02835b82b7f756ddf6717aaab7139b350de274ea97f5b53eb230607107} the previous week.  Some precipitation is forecast to fall on some of the acres that week and, while it may be too late to help corn, soybeans are expected to benefit from it.

The U.S. winter wheat harvest continues to move forward.  As of this past Sunday, it was 82{6b02cb02835b82b7f756ddf6717aaab7139b350de274ea97f5b53eb230607107} complete.  That compares to 71{6b02cb02835b82b7f756ddf6717aaab7139b350de274ea97f5b53eb230607107} at this time last year and a five-year average of 73{6b02cb02835b82b7f756ddf6717aaab7139b350de274ea97f5b53eb230607107}.

For spring wheat, the condition ratings are declining just a touch.  Twelve percent of the crop has now been harvested on a national level.

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Here at home…

In Montana, 11{6b02cb02835b82b7f756ddf6717aaab7139b350de274ea97f5b53eb230607107} of the winter wheat is now harvested, up from just 3{6b02cb02835b82b7f756ddf6717aaab7139b350de274ea97f5b53eb230607107} the week before.  Nearly half, or 41{6b02cb02835b82b7f756ddf6717aaab7139b350de274ea97f5b53eb230607107}, of the spring wheat crop is turning.  Three percent of barley, 29{6b02cb02835b82b7f756ddf6717aaab7139b350de274ea97f5b53eb230607107} of dry peas, 10{6b02cb02835b82b7f756ddf6717aaab7139b350de274ea97f5b53eb230607107} of lentils, and 7{6b02cb02835b82b7f756ddf6717aaab7139b350de274ea97f5b53eb230607107} of oats have been harvested.  Topsoil moisture is rated at 78{6b02cb02835b82b7f756ddf6717aaab7139b350de274ea97f5b53eb230607107} short-to-very-short compared to 39{6b02cb02835b82b7f756ddf6717aaab7139b350de274ea97f5b53eb230607107} at this time in 2011.  See full report…

In Wyoming, the barley harvest took off in the past week, increasing from 0{6b02cb02835b82b7f756ddf6717aaab7139b350de274ea97f5b53eb230607107} to 13{6b02cb02835b82b7f756ddf6717aaab7139b350de274ea97f5b53eb230607107} complete.  The winter wheat harvest is nearing its endpoint with 86{6b02cb02835b82b7f756ddf6717aaab7139b350de274ea97f5b53eb230607107} of the crop now in.  Seventy-six percent of the spring wheat has turned color and 21{6b02cb02835b82b7f756ddf6717aaab7139b350de274ea97f5b53eb230607107} of the crop is mature.  Topsoil moisture is rated at 80{6b02cb02835b82b7f756ddf6717aaab7139b350de274ea97f5b53eb230607107} short to very short compared to 21{6b02cb02835b82b7f756ddf6717aaab7139b350de274ea97f5b53eb230607107} at this time in 2011.  See full report…

In South Dakota, a whopping 98{6b02cb02835b82b7f756ddf6717aaab7139b350de274ea97f5b53eb230607107} percent of the winter wheat has now been harvested as has 55{6b02cb02835b82b7f756ddf6717aaab7139b350de274ea97f5b53eb230607107} of the spring wheat and 21{6b02cb02835b82b7f756ddf6717aaab7139b350de274ea97f5b53eb230607107} of the barley.  Ninety-five percent of the states barley is ripe and 82{6b02cb02835b82b7f756ddf6717aaab7139b350de274ea97f5b53eb230607107} of the corn has tasseled.  Topsoil moisture is rated at 87{6b02cb02835b82b7f756ddf6717aaab7139b350de274ea97f5b53eb230607107} short-to-very-short.  This compares to 14{6b02cb02835b82b7f756ddf6717aaab7139b350de274ea97f5b53eb230607107} from this time last year.  See full report…

In North Dakota, both the durum and spring wheat harvests are underway at 3{6b02cb02835b82b7f756ddf6717aaab7139b350de274ea97f5b53eb230607107} and 9{6b02cb02835b82b7f756ddf6717aaab7139b350de274ea97f5b53eb230607107} respectively.  Eight percent of lentils have been harvested as have 18{6b02cb02835b82b7f756ddf6717aaab7139b350de274ea97f5b53eb230607107} of the dry edible peas.  Topsoil moisture, at 73{6b02cb02835b82b7f756ddf6717aaab7139b350de274ea97f5b53eb230607107} short-to-very-short, is dramatically less than last year’s 3{6b02cb02835b82b7f756ddf6717aaab7139b350de274ea97f5b53eb230607107} short.  See full report…


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Haylie Shipp


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