They’re still behind, but U.S. spring wheat producers made significant planting progress this past week.
Planting of the national spring wheat planting reached 45% complete as of Sunday, up a solid 23 points on the week and well ahead of expectations of 34-36% complete. However, the planting pace remains behind 54% last year and 67% on average.
Producers in Minnesota made gains in particular, with planting in the state advancing 28 points from a week earlier to 35% complete, 33 points behind the average. In North Dakota, planting advanced to 37% complete from 13%, but still behind 58% on average, while Montana climbed to 55% done versus 32% a week earlier, 45% last year and 68% on average. Planting in South Dakota reached 46% complete, up from 19% the previous week but behind 75% and 88% for last year and the average.
However, only 10% of the U.S. spring wheat crop had emerged as of Sunday, up from 4% the previous week and 24 points behind average.
At just 2% emerged, the Minnesota crop was running 36 points behind the average, and North Dakota was 21 points behind at just 2% emerged. The Montana crop was 22% emerged versus 31% on average while South Dakota was at 9% compared to 57% emerged on average.
Source: DePutter Publishing Ltd.
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