Winter Wheat Conditions Decline Slightly in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas

March 20, 2017 04:09 PM

State statisticians in Kansas peg 38% of the winter wheat crop in "good" to "excellent" shape, a two-point drop from last week. They also note that dry, windy conditions continued to pose a threat of wildfires across the state.

Meanwhile, top-rated crop in Kansas declined by two points, with 40% now in "good" to "excellent" shape. In Texas, statisticians place 34% in top shape, a one-point drop from last week.

State Very Poor Poor Fair Good Excellent
Percent
Kansas -
03/20/17
7
17
38
36
2
03/13/17
7
16
37
38
2
 
Oklahoma -
03/20/17
5
12
43
38
2
03/13/17
4
12
42
40
2
 
Texas - 03/20/17
4
17
45
29
5
03/13/17
4
16
45
30
5
 

 

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

Kansas: For the week ending March 19, 2017, temperatures averaged four to six degrees above normal in western counties but, a few degrees below normal in the eastern half of the State, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Kansas remained dry, with limited amounts of precipitation received in a few eastern counties. Dry, windy conditions continued to pose a threat of wildfires across the State. There were 6.7 days suitable for fieldwork. Topsoil moisture rated 29 percent very short, 45 short, 26 adequate, and 0 surplus. Subsoil moisture rated 21 percent very short, 40 short, 39 adequate, and 0 surplus.

Winter wheat condition rated 7 percent very poor, 17 poor, 38 fair, 36 good, and 2 excellent. Winter wheat jointed was 10 percent, behind 18 last year, but near the five-year average of 8.

Oklahoma: Oklahoma began the week cold and wet, followed by small amounts of precipitation but ended warm and dry. According to the Mesonet, parts of the state suffered a hard freeze due to chilly rain dropping temperatures to the low 20’s. Temperatures rebounded and averaged mid 50’s across the state, with Buffalo recording the lowest at 19 degrees on March 15th and Beaver recording the highest at 97 degrees on March 19th. Drought conditions were rated 74 percent moderate, unchanged from last week and 41 percent severe, down 1 point from last week. Topsoil and subsoil moisture conditions were rated mostly adequate to short. There were 6.5 days suitable for fieldwork. Winter wheat jointing reached 38 percent, up 3 points from normal.

Texas: Precipitation across the state was scarce during the past week. Only some isolated areas in the Trans-Pecos and the High Plains recorded upwards a third of an inch of precipitation. Most of the state received less than a tenth of an inch of rain. There were 6.3 days suitable for fieldwork. Winter wheat was rated 74 percent fair to good. Wheat in the Northern and Southern High Plains continued to progress in the jointing stage. In some areas of the Blacklands, wheat reached the heading stage. The lack of moisture caused concerns with some wheat producers in the Plains.