The Pryor Times

October 31, 2013

Fall planting nearly completed


PRYOR, OK — Pryor Times



Wheat planting was 90 percent complete, and planting of rye and canola was virtually complete by the end of the week, according to the Oklahoma Crop Weather report issued by the

USDA-NASS Oklahoma Field Office. Small grains and canola continued to emerge and were rated in mostly good condition. Harvest of row crops continued, and was slightly ahead of normal progress for most crops as well as for the hay harvest.

Some rain fell early in the week, but the heavier rains came on Saturday. The most significant rainfall fell in the Southeast district, averaging just over two inches for the week, while most of the northern half of the state recorded no measurable rainfall.

The Panhandle and southwestern Oklahoma received little to no rain to combat the ongoing drought conditions there.

Temperatures dropped below freezing over the weekend across northern Oklahoma, but only briefly. Topsoil moisture conditions were rated 56 percent adequate and 43 percent short to very short. Subsoil moisture conditions were rated 43 percent adequate and 57 percent short to very short. There were 5.9 days suitable for fieldwork.

Hay continued to be cut, but harvest was winding down. A fourth cutting of alfalfa hay was 92 percent complete by Sunday, 14 points ahead of normal, and a fifth cutting was 36 percent complete.

A second cutting of other hay was 86 percent complete by Sunday, eight points ahead of the five year average.

Condition ratings of pasture and range continued to be rated mostly good to fair. Livestock was rated mostly in good condition.

The entire Oklahoma report can be view online at: www.nass.usda.gov/ok under "Recent Reports."