Kansas Winter Wheat Improved Slightly in January, Illinois Post Strong Improvement

February 1, 2016 03:18 PM

According to state crop reports, crop rated "good" to "excellent" in Kansas rose by one percentage point from last month to 55%. In Oklahoma, 74% of the crop is in top shape, compared to 77% a month-ago, with 49% of the Texas crop in top shape, compared to 56% a month-ago. Illinois has 65% rated "good" to "excellent," up from 58% a month ago.

Crop condition
Very Poor
Poor
Fair
Good
Excellent
Kansas -
02/01/16
1
7
37
49
6
01/04/16
1
7
38
46
8
2/02/15
2
7
42
45
4
 
Okla. -
02/01/16
0
1
25
64
10
01/04/16
0
1
22
65
12
02/02/15
2
11
46
39
2
 
Texas -
02/01/16
2
12
37
35
14
11/30/15
3
8
33
36
20
02/02/15
4
12
42
35
7
 
Illinois -
02/01/16
2
5
28
55
10
01/04/16
3
12
27
48
10
02/02/15
3
10
38
47
2


Here are some of the key observations in the state monthly summaries:

Kansas: For the month of January 2016, temperatures averaged two degrees above normal in the western half of the State, but were near normal in the east, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. All of Kansas received some precipitation, with heaviest amounts in the central portion of the State. Livestock continued grazing on crop residue, with some supplemental feeding. Topsoil moisture rated 3 percent very short, 16 short, 76 adequate, and 5 surplus. Subsoil moisture rated 5 percent very short, 17 short, 75 adequate, and 3 surplus.

Oklahoma: Overall, Oklahoma experienced normal weather for the month of January. The heaviest rains were received in the West Central and Southeast districts. According to the Mesonet, there were a few winter storms in areas of the West Central and Southwest districts early in the month. Precipitation across the state averaged 0.76 of an inch, ranging from 1.60 inches in the Panhandle district to 1.30 inches in the West Central district. Statewide temperatures averaged in the mid 30's, with the lowest recording of 4 degrees at Kenton on Monday, January 11th and the highest recording of 85 degrees at Hollis on Saturday, January 30th. Topsoil and subsoil moisture conditions were rated mostly adequate to short.

Texas: Scattered, mostly light showers were experienced across the state last week. Areas of the Upper Coast and South East Texas received rainfall upwards of 1.0 inch, with isolated areas reaching upwards of 2.0 inches. Areas of the Trans - Pecos, the Edwards Plateau, and South Central Texas received upwards of 0.25 of an inch of precipitation. The rest of the state experienced little to no measurable rainfall.

Illinois: Winter has been mostly mild for Illinois. Producers are busy signing up for FSA programs, hauling grain, spreading manure and taking care of livestock. Statewide, precipitation averaged 0.85 inches for the month of January, 1.08 inches below normal. The average temperature was 26.6 degrees, 1.8 degrees above normal. Topsoil moisture supply was rated at 74 percent adequate and 26 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supply was rated at 1 percent short, 81 percent adequate, and 18 percent surplus. Winter wheat condition was rated 2 percent very poor, 5 percent poor, 28 percent fair, 55 percent good, and 10 percent excellent.