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Rain, storms hit parts of state


A line of storms brought strong winds, hail and flooding to the northwestern part of Oklahoma during the week ending April 19, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, April 20.

The state averaged 0.88 inches of rainfall, with the East Central district receiving the most at 1.53 inches. Despite the recent precipitation, additional rainfall is needed. One tornado was reported in central Oklahoma causing extensive damage to a residential area, however no injuries were reported. Small grain freeze damage remained minimal for the northern tier of the state, but was more prevalent in the West Central, Southwest, and South Central districts. Topsoil and subsoil moisture conditions continued to improve with topsoil rated mostly in the adequate range and subsoil rated in the adequate to short range. There were 3.5 days suitable for field work.

Producers continued to assess the severity of freeze damage as the wheat crop progressed into the heading stage. Winter wheat, rye, and oat conditions decreased to mostly in the fair to very poor range. Crop insect activities continued to range mostly in the light to no activity range. Winter wheat jointing was 97 percent complete, 2 points ahead of the five-year average. Rye jointing increased 6 percentage points to reach 98 percent, 6 points ahead of last year. Rye headed increased to 54 percent complete. Jointing for oats reached 52 percent, 1 point behind both last year and the five-year average.

Work continued on seedbed preparation, with some of the state's row crops running ahead of normal. Corn seedbed prepared reached 90 percent, a 6 point increase from last week. Corn planted was one-third complete, 2 points behind last year and 10 points behind the five-year average. Corn emerged reached 9 percent, 14 percentage points behind the five-year average. Seedbed preparation for sorghum was at 45 percent, 4 points ahead of normal. Soybean seedbed prepared increased two percentage points from the previous week to reach 45 percent, 6 points behind normal. Peanut seedbed prepared was up 4 points to 64 percent, 6 points ahead of the five-year average. Seedbed preparation for cotton increased 2 points to reach 73 percent, 1 point ahead of normal.

Recent rains provided relief to dry pastures. Pasture and range conditions improved from the previous week and were mostly in the good to fair range. Prices for feeder steers less than 800 pounds averaged $104 per cwt. Prices for heifers less than 800 pounds averaged $95 per cwt. Livestock conditions increased from the previous week and were rated mostly in the good to fair range. Average livestock marketings were reported last week.

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