Agronomy Blog

Plains West Crop Progress

by Matt Teply | May 15, 2018

Southwest Missouri:   Corn is 100% planted.  Early planted corn is in the V3 to V4 stage.  Currently the crop is off to a very good start.  Growers are all now focused on first crop soybean acres.  Wetter weather has again delayed the planting in some areas.  Around 15% of the first crop soybean acres are in the ground.  Soybean planting will continue for at least the next 30 days as growers move from first crop soybeans, then to wheat harvest, and then second crop soybeans.

Eastern and Central Kansas:  Currently both corn and soybeans are still going in the ground.  Corn acres that remain are mostly dry land acres.  85% of the corn acres are planted in this area of the region. While soybeans don’t lag to far behind at about 75% planted.  Wetter weather has slowed some progress over the last couple of weeks but the moisture was needed and welcomed. 

Southwest Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas Panhandles:  Drought continues to be a major concern in most of this area.  Around 85% of the corn acres have been planted.  Most of this has been irrigated acres.  Dry land acres are in limbo as moisture conditions don’t really favor trying to put in a crop currently.  Some of the early planted corn is in the V2 to V3 stage and looking pretty good.  Irrigated soybean acres are about 70% completed.  Another 10 days should wrap up all planting activities in this area except for some double crop corn behind wheat or maybe some late planted acres if there is a cotton stand establishment failure here and there.   

Northwest Kansas, Eastern Colorado, and Western Nebraska:  A tremendous number of acres have been planted in the last 10 to 14 days.  Wetter weather has slowed progress in some areas but for the most part planters have ran steady once the weather has finally warmed up.  Around 85% of the irrigated corn is planted and growers are now moving to soybeans and dryland corn.  Irrigated soybean acres are about 50% planted.  Dryland corn acres are 40% planted.  If weather is favorable this area could be 100% planted by middle to late next week.      

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