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June 21, 2014

Rain a boost for area corn: USDA lowers state wheat estimate to 59.4 million bushels

ENID, Okla. — While rain earlier this month slowed wheat harvest, it was a boon for the area’s corn crop.

The latest report from U.S. Department of Agriculture’s national Agricultural Statistics Service — issued June 16 — shows 6 percent of Oklahoma’s corn crop is in excellent shape, while 55 percent is in good shape and another 28 percent in fair shape.

Only 11 percent of the crop is in poor or very poor shape, according to NASS.

That compares to 76 percent of the wheat crop listed in poor or very poor shape, according to NASS.

“I would definitely say its in good shape in Garfield County,” said Rick Nelson, Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service ag educator for Garfield County. “It has really grown well. It has caught up in its growth stage. It looks good.”

Statewide, 99 percent of the expected corn crop has been planted, according to NASS, and 95 percent has emerged.

Nationwide, 97 percent of the corn planted in the 18 largest corn-growing states has emerged, according to NASS, which is slightly ahead of the five-year average.

Seventeen percent of the corn crop is listed in excellent condition in those 18 states, according to NASS. Another 59 percent is listed in good condition, and 20 percent fair. Only 4 percent is listed in poor or very poor shape.

In northwest Oklahoma, there was enough moisture in early April, when corn was planted, to get the crop in the ground, Nelson said, and get established.

Then, conditions got dry as the rain stopped, but the June rain helped the crop catch up.

“It’s right on schedule,” Nelson said.

However, the crop will need more rain before harvest in September, he said.

Subsoil moisture, or the lack of it, remains a problems, Nelson said.

According to NASS, 71 percent of Oklahoma is rated short or very short when it comes to subsoil moisture. Twenty-eight percent is listed as adequate.

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