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Dry Conditions Across The Plains As Row Crops Wrap Up Harvest, Though Cotton Still Falling Behind

The latest U.S. Department of Agriculture crop progress report indicates harvested corn reached 97 percent, above the average by 1. Harvested sorghum reached 94 percent, 2 above the average. Harvested cotton reached 67 percent, 10 points below the average. Winter wheat conditions are rated 58 percent good to excellent, 32 percent fair, 8 percent poor and 2 percent very poor. Winter wheat emerged reached 89 percent, 1 below last year and the average. 
In the weekly crop progress report from USDA, Oklahoma winter wheat emerged reached 92 percent, down 1 point from the previous year and down 1 point from normal. Sorghum harvested reached 95 percent, up 2 points from the previous year and up 6 points from normal. Soybeans harvested reached 81 percent, down 4 points from the previous year and down 1 point from normal. Cotton harvested reached 65 percent, down 2 points from the previous year but unchanged from normal
In Texas, seeding of winter wheat continued throughout the state last week, following row crop harvest, while dry weather was negatively impacting recently-emerged small grains in need of rainfall to sustain crop development. Sorghum harvest was 91 percent complete, 4 points higher than last week and just above normal by 1. Soybeans harvested reached 90 percent, 2 above the previous year and lower than the average by 1. Cotton harvest was at 47 percent, trailing normal by 21 points. Winter wheat planted has reached 91 percent, which is on par with the average. Meanwhile, winter wheat emerged has reached 79 percent, above last year by 5 and the average by 3 points.
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