Spring Wheat Condition Down Hard Again; Winter Wheat Harvest Nears 75% Done

More excessive heat and dryness across the US northern Plains took another big bite of the US spring wheat crop this past week.

According to Monday’s USDA crop progress report, just 11% of the national spring wheat crop was in good to excellent condition as of Sunday, down 5 points on the week and now a major 57 points below a year earlier. Going into today’s report, most traders and analysts were only looking for a 1-point decline in the weekly condition rating.

Almost two-thirds (63%) of the American spring wheat crop was rated in poor to very poor condition as of Sunday, versus 55% a week earlier and only 7% last year.

Meanwhile, the crop was under the blow torch again today. Record-setting heat was further stressing already drought-ravaged crops in Montana and the Dakotas, where today’s high temperatures were expected to range from 95 to 110 degrees F.

In the No. 1 production state of North Dakota, the condition of the crop dropped 5 points on the week to 11% good to excellent to the mirror the situation nationally. The rapidly deteriorating Minnesota crop dipped another point to 15% good to excellent and the Montana crop crashed 16 points lower to 12% good to excellent. On the other hand, the crop in South Dakota managed a 2-point gain on the week to 5% good to excellent.

An estimated 92% of the US spring wheat crop had reached the heading stage as of Sunday, up from 83% a week earlier and on par with the average.

The North Dakota and South Dakota crops were 93% and 96% headed, up from 84% and 95% a week earlier and compared to the state averages of 93% and 95%. The Montana crop was 2 points ahead of average at 81% heading. The Minnesota crop was completely headed as of last week.

As for the US winter wheat crop, 73% of it was in the bin as of Sunday, up from 59% the previous week and 1 point behind the average.

The Oklahoma winter wheat harvest is now complete, while cutting in the No. 1 state of Kansas was 96% done, up from 85% a week earlier and in line with the average. The Soft Red harvest in Michigan jumped 35 points on the week to 47% complete, versus 39% on average, while the Ohio harvest was 84% finished, way up from 69% a week earlier but 5 points behind the average.

Source: DePutter Publishing Ltd.

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