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December Crop Production: Agricultural Summary

December 10, 2010

Near-normal temperatures and mostly dry weather blanketed much of the United States during November, allowing producers ample time to finish harvesting their summer row crops and seed their over-wintered small grains. However, establishment of the 2011 winter wheat crop in the Great Plains was hampered by the lack of available soil moisture. Elsewhere, increased precipitation accumulation from recent months in benefitted drought-stressed pastures and recently seeded small grain crops in portions of the Southeast.

As the month began, corn producers throughout much of the Great Plains and Midwest were wrapping up this year's harvest. Nationally, 96 percent of the crop was harvested by November 7, sixty-one percentage points, or over 43 days, ahead of last year and 23 percentage points ahead of the 5-year average.

By November 7, sorghum producers had harvested 89 percent of the Nation's crop, 38 percentage points ahead of last year and 18 percentage points ahead of the 5-year average. Warm, sunny weather throughout much of the harvest season contributed to a rapid fieldwork pace in the central Great Plains, pushing progress throughout the region well ahead of normal. With harvest
complete or nearly complete in all 11 major estimating States except New Mexico and Texas, Nationwide progress advanced to 95 percent complete by November 21, twenty-two percentage points ahead of last year and 8 percentage points ahead of the 5-year average.

Ninety-five percent of the 2011 winter wheat crop was seeded by November 7, nine percentage points ahead of last year and 3 percentage points ahead of the 5-year average, while 82 percent of the crop had emerged, 10 percentage points ahead of last year and 3 percentage points ahead of the 5-year average. Emergence neared completion across much of the Pacific Northwest and
Great Plains mid-month, while near-normal temperatures promoted double-digit progress in Arkansas, California, Indiana, and North Carolina during the week ending November 21. By November 28, emergence had advanced to 94 percent complete, 5 percentage points ahead of last year and 2 percentage points ahead of the 5-year average. Overall, 47 percent of the winter wheat crop was reported in good to excellent condition on November 28, compared with 45 percent on November 7 and 63 percent from the same time last year.

Dry, sunny weather in North Dakota, the largest sunflower-producing State, aided a rapid harvest pace as November began. By November 7, producers had harvested 79 percent of the crop Nationwide, 50 percentage points ahead of last year and 10 percentage points ahead of the 5-year average. Fieldwork remained steady in the four major estimating States throughout much of the
month, and by November 21, ninety-six percent of the sunflower crop was harvested, 19 percentage points ahead of last year and 6 percentage points ahead of the 5-year average.

Eighty-six percent of this year's peanut crop was harvested by November 7, with progress ahead of both last year and the average in all eight major estimating States except North Carolina and Virginia. While producers in Georgia had dug their entire crop by mid-month, portions of the crop remained to be combined. With the exception of Alabama, where progress typically trails the other peanut States, harvest was complete or nearly complete by November 21.

Nationally, 71 percent of the cotton crop was harvested by November 7, thirty percentage points ahead of last year and 18 percentage points ahead of the 5-year average. In Texas, producers had harvested 60 percent of their crop by November 7, the quickest pace since 2001 when producers harvested 60 percent of their crop by November 3. Under mild, mostly dry weather conditions,
double-digit progress was evident in California, South Carolina, and Texas between November 15 and November 21. By November 28, producers had harvested 91 percent of this year's cotton crop, 11 percentage points ahead of last year and 10 percentage points ahead of the 5-year average.

As the month began, sugarbeet producers in the Red River Valley had finished harvesting this year's crop, while growers in Idaho and Michigan were busy digging the last of their fields. Nationally, 97 percent of the sugarbeet crop was harvested by November 7, six percentage points ahead of last year and 3 percentage points ahead of the 5-year average.
 


 

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