More Gains for US Winter Wheat Condition 



It still ranks well below a year ago and on a historical basis, but the condition of the 2023 US winter wheat crop is continuing to improve. 


Tuesday’s USDA crop progress report, the final one for this year, pegged the nationwide winter wheat crop at 34% good to excellent as of Sunday. That is up 2 points from a week earlier and now 6 points above the initial rating at the end of October, which surprised traders and analysts for how poor it was.  


However, the condition of the crop for harvest next summer remains a hefty 10 points below this time last year, as much of the central Plains – despite more recent helpful precipitation – are still in dire need of more moisture. To that end, light to moderately heavy snow was falling across some of the driest Plains areas today. 


In the No.1 winter wheat production state of Kansas, the crop was rated 21% good to excellent as of Sunday, down 3 points from a week earlier. However, the Oklahoma crop continued to improve by leaps and bounds. After a 9-point improvement the previous week, the condition of that state’s crop gained another 8 points to move to 31% good to excellent as of Sunday. The Texas crop also improved, up 2 points on the week to 21% good to excellent. 


In the Soft Red state of Michigan, the crop edged up a single point to 67% good to excellent as of Sunday, while the Ohio crop was steady at 58%. 


Across the country, an estimated 91% of the winter wheat crop had emerged as of Sunday, up from 87% a week earlier and 1 point ahead of the five-year average. 


The Kansas and Oklahoma crops were 87% and 95% emerged as of Sunday, compared to 92% and 94% on average, while the Michigan and Ohio crops were 100% and 96% emerged, versus 93% and 96% on average. 




Source: DePutter Publishing Ltd.

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