Pasture Conditions Continue Decline

Compared to last year, 14% less pasture is rated Good or Excellent, and 14% more is rated as Poor or worse.

The most recent numbers from the National Ag Statistics Service (NASS) continue to offer detail to the reason cow slaughter is up. Compared to last year, 14% less pasture is rated Good or Excellent, and 14% more is rated as Poor or worse.

More specifically, for the week ending July 2, according to the National Ag Statistics Service:

States with the worst pasture conditions -- at least 30% of the acreage rated poor or worse -- include: Alabama (66%); Arizona (78%); Colorado (65%); Georgia (43%); Kansas (33%); Louisiana (50%); Mississippi (40%); Missouri (41%); Nebraska (50%); New Mexico (74%); North Dakota (31%); Oklahoma (58%); South Dakota (46%); Texas (71%); and Wyoming (53%).

On the wet side of the fence, states with the most lush pasture conditions -- at least 40% rated good or better -- include: Arkansas (41%); Idaho (89%); Illinois (62%); Indiana (79%); Iowa (49%); Kentucky (60%); Maine (75%); Maryland (53%); Michigan (55%); Minnesota (57%); Montana (44%); Nevada (61%); New York (69%); North Carolina (52%); Ohio (69%); Oregon (61%); Pennsylvania (65%); South Carolina (53%); Tennessee (52%); Utah (57%); Virginia (46%); Washington (71%); West Virginia (51%); Wisconsin (59%).

Pasture -- 29% is rated Good and 5% is rated Excellent, compared to 40% and 8%, respectively last year. 20% is rated Poor and 15% is ranked Very Poor, compared to 15% and 6% respectively at the same time last year.

Corn -- 10% is at or beyond the silking stage, which is on par with last year and with the five-year average. 68% is rated Good or better, compared to 62% last year.

Soybeans -- Blooming has begun on 18% of the acreage, 1% behind last year, but 5% ahead of normal. 64% is rated Good or better; 58% was at the same time last year.

Winter Wheat -- 65% of the acreage has been harvested. That's 9% ahead of last year and 10% ahead of the normal pace.

Spring Wheat -- 72% of the crop is at or beyond the heading stage, which is 19% ahead of last year and 26% ahead of the five-year average. 52% is rated Good or better, compared to 81% last year.

Barley -- Heading advanced to 58%, compared to 44% at this time last year and 43% for normal. 67% is rated Good or better, compared to 81% last year.

Sorghum -- 22% of the acreage is in the heading stage, which is 6% ahead of last year and 4% ahead of average. 50% is ranked Good or better, compared to 64% last year.

Oats -- Heading advanced to 89% of the acreage, which is 7% ahead of last year and 13% ahead of average. 42% is rated Good or better, compared to 66% last year.

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