Spring Wheat Falling Further Behind Average Pace

Early U.S. spring wheat planting is falling behind the five-year average, but remains close to last year’s pace.

Monday’s USDA crop progress report put planting of the nationwide spring wheat crop at 2% complete as of Sunday, up 1 point from the previous week but 11 points behind the average and 2 points behind pre-report trade guesses. However, only 3% of the crop was in the ground last year at this time.

No planting was yet reported in the main spring wheat state of North Dakota, where producers would normally be 5% done by now. Similarly, producers in Minnesota, Montana and South Dakota had also not yet started, compared to the five-year average of being 11%, 10% and 30% complete, respectively. But aside from South Dakota (1% complete), no planting had been done in any of those states at this time a year ago either.

Meanwhile, planting is also running behind in Idaho and Washington, the only two states where any significant progress has yet occurred. The Idaho crop was 18% seeded as of Sunday, up from 3% a week earlier but far behind the average of 42%. Washington planting advanced 6 points on the week to 17% complete as of Sunday, but that’s still 29 points behind the average.

Source: DePutter Publishing Ltd.

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