Oklahoma: Cotton Harvest Dragging as Freeze Hits State – USDA

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending November 16, 2014.

Freezing temperatures were experienced across the state last week, with several locations recording temperatures in the low teens by Sunday. Temperatures ranged from 9 degrees at Erick on Sunday, November 16th to 88 degrees at Mangum on Monday, November 10th. Across the state, temperatures generally averaged in the mid 30’s. The state received very little rainfall last week, with the Southeast District averaging 0.08 of an inch, the highest in the state.

Winter wheat seeding reached 98 percent complete, with 93 percent emerged by Sunday. Canola and Rye emerged reached completion, with both crops rating 78 and 82 percent good to fair, respectively. Row crop harvest continued to progress in line with their normal averages. Crop conditions continued to be rated mostly good to fair. Topsoil and subsoil moisture conditions were rated mostly adequate to short.

There were 5.3 days suitable for field work.

Small Grains: Winter wheat seeding reached 98 percent complete across the state, up two points from last week. Ninety-three percent of wheat had emerged, 4 points above normal. Rye emerged reached completion by week’s end, while oat seedbed preparation reached 84 percent complete, down 3 points from normal.

Canola emerged reached completion as of Sunday.

Row Crops: Corn harvest reached 96 percent complete, up 5 points from last week. Sorghum harvest was at 87 percent, up 12 points from last week and five points ahead of normal. Seventy-eight percent of soybeans were harvested by week’s end, while peanut harvest reached 87 percent complete. Cotton harvest was at 43 percent, 17 points behind normal.

Hay: Fourth cuttings of alfalfa hay continued with 95 percent complete by Sunday. A fifth cutting of alfalfa hay reached 67 percent complete. A second cutting of other hay was 94 percent complete.

Pasture and Livestock: Conditions of pasture and range continued to be rated mostly good to fair. Livestock were rated at 58 percent in good condition and 30 percent fair.

Weather: Temperatures ranged from 9 degrees at Erick on Sunday, November 16th to 88 degrees at Mangum on Monday, November 10th. Precipitation ranged from none in six districts to 0.08 inches in the Southeast District. Soil temperature averages ranged from 34 degrees at Kenton on Thursday, November 13th to 61 degrees at Medicine Park on Monday, November 10th, 2014.




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