Ag Summary: Dry Weather Aids Late Harvest Of Midwest Summer Row Crops

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Highlights: With the exception of a portion of Montana, where temperatures dipped to as many as 13 degrees below normal, a week of near-normal temperatures prevailed across much of the country during the week. Above average precipitation totaling 200 percent or more above normal fell throughout the northern Rocky Mountains, Great Basin, and much of the Southeast, benefitting recently sown small grain crops and helping to replenish low soil moisture levels. Elsewhere, dry weather aided the late harvest of remaining summer row crops in the Midwest.

Winter Wheat: By week's end, 91 percent of the 2011 winter wheat crop was emerged, 7 percentage points ahead of last year and 2 percentage points ahead of the 5-year average. Near-normal temperatures in Arkansas, California, Indiana, and North Carolina promoted double-digit progress during the week.

Overall, 47 percent of the winter wheat crop was reported in good to excellent condition, up slightly from ratings last week but 17 percentage points below the same time last year.

Cotton: Nationally, cotton producers had harvested 86 percent of this year's crop by November 21, seventeen percentage points ahead of last year and 13 percentage points ahead of the 5-year average. Producers in California, South Carolina, and Texas took advantage of mild, mostly dry conditions throughout much of the week and harvested 12 percent of their crop.

Sorghum: Harvest advanced to 95 percent complete by week's end, 22 percentage points ahead of last year and 8 percentage points ahead of the 5-year average. Harvest was complete or nearly complete in all estimating States except New Mexico and Texas.

Other Crops: By November 21, ninety-six percent to this year's peanut crop was harvested, 10 percentage points ahead of last year and 3 percentage points ahead of the 5-year average. Harvest was complete or nearly complete in all estimating States except Alabama, where progress typically trails other States and was 32 percentage points ahead of last year and 5 percentage points ahead of the 5-year average.

Nationwide, 96 percent of the sunflower crop was harvested by week's end, 19 percentage points ahead of last year and 6 percentage points ahead of normal.



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