The Woodward News

Local News

March 15, 2013

Recent rain improves crop conditions

Woodward, Okla. — The recent rainfall has had a positive impact on crop conditions across Oklahoma.

According to the Oklahoma Crop Weather report issued by the USDA-NASS Oklahoma Field Office, the rainfall topped 2 inches in some areas and the average for the state was about .74 of an inch. Thanks to the rain and snow from the past few weeks, the conditions for the wheat and canola crops are better.

USDA-NASS Oklahoma Director Wilbert Hundl Jr. said, “According to the Crop Progress Report's first report last week, wheat is 21 percent jointing.”

This total is behind 16 points from last years but is ahead four points for the 5-year total. About 59 percent of the wheat crop is rated in the poor to fair range.

Also improving are the rye, oats, and canola crops. The rye and oat crops were rated mostly good to fair. Rye was six points ahead of normal progress; however, jointing was 27 percent complete, significantly behind from this time last year. Oat planting continued with the spring oats and was 72 percent complete by the end of the week, Hundl said.

For row crops very little progress was made. Row crop seedbed preparation only made a little progress this past week and is behind normal for several crops. Corn seedbed preparation is about 28 percent complete and sorghum seedbed preparation was 28 percent complete by Sunday. Ten percent complete by week's end was soybean, while preparation for cotton was 25 percent complete.

Conditions for pasture and range are rated poor to very poor, Hundl said. Livestock producers are still concerned with the limited availability of grasses though livestock conditions were still rated mostly good to fair and producers continue to supplement and feed hay to the herds.

The topsoil moisture has increased 14 percent this week with 2 percent surplus. There is 88 percent subsoil moisture. Hundl says the subsoil moisture is at a “critical state.”

USDA is currently working on March's Planting Intention Survey which is the first indication for the spring crop planting acreage. The survey is supposed to be released March 28, at 11 a.m. The entire report can be viewed online at www.nass.usda.gov/ok under “Recent Reports.” For more information on NASS surveys and reports call the USDA-NASS Oklahoma Field Office at 800-525-9226

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Easter services

    A roundup of Easter programs being held by local churches.

    April 17, 2014

  • Western Plains recognized as Certified Healthy Business

    Western Plains Youth and Family Services in Woodward is one of the organizations selected by the Certified Healthy Oklahoma program as a Certified Healthy Business.

    April 17, 2014

  • Sod House Museum hosting program

    Dr. Eric J. Schmaltz, associate history professor at Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva, will be at the Sod House Museum Saturday, April 26 to present an overview and presentation on “Germans from Russia in South America: New Research Frontiers."

    April 17, 2014

  • Schedule of events for Beaver Cow Chip celebration

    Annual celebration underway in Beaver.

    April 17, 2014

  • Senior Spelling Bee coming up

    The OEDA Area Agency on Aging is inviting citizens to participate in the 2014 Senior Spelling Bee.

    April 17, 2014

  • Board hears updates

    Woodward School Board members honored a group of Woodward FFA students for their service to the community during the board's monthly meeting Monday night.

    April 16, 2014

  • Red Cross sets open house Thursday

    Northwest Chapter of the American Red Cross is holding an open house at its Woodward office, 1209 9th St.

    April 16, 2014

  • Commission hears communications presentation

    Woodward County Commissioners heard an informative report from Pioneer Telephone Special Projects and Engineering Manager JR Ools regarding new and emerging communications technologies being made available in the region.

    April 15, 2014

  • Extension Service important to state

    Recia Garcia remembers.
    She remembers how the lives of those she met through 4-H and through her work as a 30-year veteran with the OSU Extension Service changed her in ways she still sees today.

    April 15, 2014

  • Legislation targeting Okla. judiciary stirs debate

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — For the first time since a bribery scandal rocked Oklahoma's Supreme Court 50 years ago, state lawmakers are considering tinkering with the way Supreme Court justices and appellate court judges are selected.

    April 13, 2014

Business Marquee
AP Video
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Stocks