Dry conditions prevail in the West [Video]

During the first week of July, hot weather dominated the western, eastern and southern U.S.

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This week's headlines for Neogen's Monday Mycotoxin & Crop Report for July 17: 

  1. Heavy rains across Central Plains and Corn Belt
  2. Dry conditions prevail in the West 
  3. Winter wheat harvest continues

Weather & harvest updates

The USDA’s July 11 bulletin reports large pockets of rainfall throughout the Central Plains and the nation’s Corn Belt.

Large portions of the South and Southeast all the way to the upper east coast also benefitted from showers.

Virtually the entire area west of the Rockies and Texas, however, saw little to no precipitation in the same period, worsening dry conditions in those regions.

During the first week of July, hot weather dominated the western, eastern and southern U.S. with temperatures averaging five degrees above normal.

  • Wheat harvest continues as crop maturity advances.
  • The winter wheat harvest is 46% complete, 13 points behind the five-year average. 40% of acres are in good-to-excellent condition, 9 points above last year.
  • 72% of spring wheat acres are headed, 5 points above the five-year average. 47% are in  good-to-excellent condition, 23 points behind last year.
  • Barley is 64% headed, 4 points behind the five-year average. 52% of barley is in good-to-excellent condition, 6 points behind last year.
  • Oat acres are 87% headed, 1 point above the five-year average.
  • Corn development is highly variable within some fields.
  • 22% of corn is silking, one point above the five-year average. Nationally, 55% of corn is in good-to-excellent condition, 9 points behind last year.

Here are the states with the highest good to excellent ratings, as well as the states with the highest poor to very poor ratings.

Good to excellent: CO, NC

Poor to very poor: IL, IN, KS, MI, MO, NE, PA, WI

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