Solid Gains for North Dakota Planting

With the weather finally starting to cooperate, North Dakota planting advanced considerably this past week.

The planting of most crops showed double-digit advances as producers got over five days in the field, according to the latest weekly state crop progress report.

Dry pea planting showed the biggest gain, jumping 28 points on the week to 38% complete as of Sunday, near 35% a year earlier although still behind the five-year average of 53%. Barley planting gained 27 points to 35% complete, behind 42% last year and 55% on average, and spring wheat planting advanced 24 points to 37% done, compared to 47% last year and 58% on average.

The latest update from the North Dakota Wheat Commission said spring wheat planting across the state remains highly variable, with some producers already finished and others just getting started.

Durum planting in the state also showed good progress, climbing 18 points on the week to reach 25% complete as of Sunday, 1 point ahead of last year but still 10 points behind average.

An estimated 22% of the North Dakota canola crop was in the ground as of Sunday, up 18 points from a week earlier and a single point ahead of last year but behind 33% on average. Flax planting advanced 13 points to 15% complete, versus 10% last year and 23% on average, and 27% of the oat crop was planted, up from just 7% a week earlier but still behind 31% last year and 53% on average.

On the other hand, dry bean planting remained essentially stalled, gaining just a single point on the week to 2% complete, compared to 4% last year and 7% on average.

Corn and soybean planting remains slow as well, with corn planting advancing a relatively modest 8 points on the week to 11% done, 20 points behind last year and 32 behind average. At 5% complete, soybean planting gained just 4 points on the week and was 5 points behind last year and 15 points behind average.

But while planting did show good gains last week, the emergence of most crops in the state is still far behind. Spring wheat emergence was running 21 points behind average at just 2% as of Sunday, while barley was also 21 points behind at 1% emerged. Oat emergence was 18 points behind average at 1%.

Source: DePutter Publishing Ltd.

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