US crops battle southern drought and northern floods

11 July 2011 22:17  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Major US crops are battling the effects of severe weather in much of the country, data released by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) indicated on Monday.

In the north, spring wheat-producing states are suffering from heavy rains and flooding.

In the key spring wheat states of Idaho, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Washington, only 27% of the planted acres were heading as of 10 July, compared with 68% last year and the five-year average of 73% for the same date, USDA said in its weekly crop progress report.

Far to the south, growers can only watch as an extreme drought withers cotton crops.

In the 15 top cotton-producing states, 42% of the crop is rated by USDA as very poor or poor and only 28% as good or excellent.

In the midwest, corn is in the pollination stage in most areas.

USDA said 54% of the 90.7m acre (36.7m hectare) corn crop was rated in good condition, while 17% was rated as excellent, unchanged from a week earlier.

In Texas, 62% of the corn crop is rated very poor and poor with only 13% rated good.

The southern drought has Texas farmers wondering if they should abandon their corn crop this year, a source said.

USDA also reported that 21% of the projected 75.7m-acre soybean crop was blooming this week, compared with 38% of the crop blooming by the same date last year.

Soybeans were rated as 52% good compared with 53% a week earlier.

By: Frank Zaworski
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