Weekly Crop Progress Report Sept. 27

FIELD ACTIVITIES AND CROP PROGRESS WEEK ENDING SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 26, 2010

This week has been unseasonably hot and dry throughout the state. Producer’s main activities for the week were planting of winter wheat and harvest of corn and soybeans. Tobacco producers report that 95% of the tobacco crop is in the barn. Excessive hot and dry weather has caused the crop to dry rather than cure. Southern livestock producers report that they have begun feeding winter hay stocks, due to poor pasture conditions.

As of Sunday September 26, 85 percent of corn was mature, compared to 23 percent last year and 52 percent for the five-year average. Twenty-four percent of corn for grain has been harvested in the State, compared to 1 percent last year and 5 percent for the five-year average. Corn silage was 95 percent harvested, compared to 66 percent last year and 80 percent for the five-year average. Eighty-eight percent of soybeans were dropping leaves, compared to 73 percent last year and 80 percent for the five-year average. Soybeans were 66 percent mature, which was 40 percent ahead of last year and 29 percent ahead of the five-year average. Soybeans harvested were reported at 29 percent, up 24 percent from last year and up 20 percent for the five-year average. Winter Wheat planted was at 8 percent, compared to one percent last year and five percent for the five-year average. The 4th cutting of alfalfa hay was 77 percent complete, compared to 54 percent last year and 65 percent for the five-year average. The 3rd cutting of other hay was 92 percent complete, 21 percent ahead of last year and 10 percent ahead of the five-year average. Fifty-four percent of fall and winter apples were harvested, up 10 percent from last year and up 15 percent from the five-year average. Grapes harvested were 66 percent, compared to 58 and 51 percent for the previous year and five-year average, respectively. Potatoes were 85 percent harvested, compared to 69 percent last year and 74 percent for the five-year average. Processing tomatoes were 82 percent harvested, 14 percent ahead of last year and 5 percent ahead of the five-year average.

CROP AND LIVESTOCK CONDITION

Eighty percent of livestock were in fair-to-good condition, down three percent from last week. Apples were rated 79 percent in fair-to- good condition, unchanged from last week. Pasture and range were rated 58 percent in fair-to-good condition, up two percent from last week. Seventy-one percent of corn was rated in fair-to-good condition, down two percent from last week. Soybeans were rated 74 percent in fair-to-good condition, down 2 percent from last week.

Complete September 27th Weekly Crop Progress Report

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