US Spring Wheat Planting Nears Half Finished

Almost half of the US spring wheat crop is now in the ground at a time when planting would only normally be about one-third complete.

National spring wheat planting advanced 21 points on the week to reach 49% complete as of Sunday, according to Monday’s USDA crop progress report. That is well ahead of 27% last year and the five-year average of 32%.

In the largest production state of North Dakota, spring wheat planting gained 20 points on the week to 42% complete as of Sunday, versus just 14% last year and 20% on average. Overly dry conditions in North Dakota are speeding fieldwork along this year, compared to 2020 when overly wet soil conditions were holding producers back.

The South Dakota crop was 81% planted as of Sunday, up from 63% a week earlier and far ahead of 54% on average. Montana planting was 33% complete, up 13 points from a week earlier and 1 point behind average, while the Minnesota crop was 72% planted as of Sunday, up from 19% a week earlier and last year and 45 points ahead of average.

An estimated 14% of the spring wheat crop had emerged as of Sunday, up 7 points from the previous week and ahead of 6% last year and 10% on average.

The North Dakota and Montana crops were both 6% emerged, compared to 0% and 1% last year and 3% and 7% on average, respectively. Minnesota emergence jumped 18 points on the week to 19%, well ahead of 3% last year and 8% on average. The South Dakota crop was already 46% emerged, compared to 16% last year and 26% on average.

Source: DePutter Publishing Ltd.

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