Oklahoma: Rains Ease Drought, Delay Planting – USDA

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending June 7, 2015.

Although all districts did not record the same amounts of precipitation, the drought has made a quick turn around in a short amount of time. It had been 239 consecutive weeks or 1,673 days since Oklahoma has not had at least some drought in the state (moderate or worse).

Over the last 90 days, the Oklahoma Mesonet has reported stations receiving about nine inches of precipitation in the Panhandle and up to 37 inches in the south central part of the state. In consecutive weeks the Northeast district recorded the lowest precipitation with a departure of 130 percent from normal, while the Southeast district recorded the highest with a 208 percent departure from normal.

The increased amount of precipitation has resulted in cooler than normal temperatures across the state. Temperatures ranged from 51 degrees at Oilton on Monday, June 1st to 97 degrees at Cherokee on Sunday, June 7th. The Mesonet reported air temperatures in the in the mid to upper seventies across the state.

Topsoil and subsoil moisture conditions were rated mostly adequate to surplus. There were 4.6 days suitable for fieldwork

Small Grains and Canola: Ninety-three percent of oats had emerged by Sunday, up 10 points from the previous year. Oats jointing reached 86 percent, up 7 points from the previous year. Rye headed reached 95 percent, up 26 points from the previous year. Canola blooming reached 99 percent, in line with the previous year, while canola coloring reached 89 percent, down 5 points from the previous year.

Row Crops: Corn seedbed preparation reached completion by week’s end, no change from the previous year. Eighty-nine percent of corn was seeded by Sunday, down 10 points from normal. Sorghum seedbed preparation was 89 percent complete, down 7 points from the previous year and 4 points behind normal.

Soybean seedbed preparation reached 71 percent complete, 16 points behind normal. Seedbed preparation of cotton was 95 percent complete by the end of the week, down 3 points from the previous year and 2 points behind normal. Cotton seeded reached 41 percent, down 25 points from the previous year.

Peanut seedbed preparation reached 97 percent complete, up 8 points from the previous year. Peanuts seeded reached 86 percent, up 8 points from the previous year.

Hay: A first cutting of alfalfa hay was 73 percent complete by Sunday, 2 points behind the previous year. A first cutting of other hay was 54 percent complete, 12 point behind the previous year.

Watermelons planted reached 62 percent, 1 points behind the previous year.

Pasture and Livestock: Conditions of pasture and range were rated at 76 percent good to fair. Livestock condition was rated 84 percent good to fair.

Weather: Temperatures ranged from 51 degrees at Oilton on Monday, June 1st to 97 degrees at Cherokee on Sunday, June 7th. Precipitation ranged from none in the Northeast district to 0.46 inches in the Panhandle district. Soil temperature averages ranged from 67 degrees at Newkirk on Monday, June 1st to 89 degrees at Burneyville on Sunday, June 7th.




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