US Winter Wheat Condition Up from a Year Earlier

The first condition rating for the 2022 US winter wheat crop puts it above a year earlier, with a major year-over-year improvements in the Hard Red Winter states of Kansas and Oklahoma.

Monday’s USDA crop progress report pegged the nationwide winter wheat crop at 46% good to excellent as of Sunday, 5 points above a year earlier.

In Kansas, the crop was rated 63% good to excellent as of Sunday, way above the year-ago rating of just 29% good to excellent. The Oklahoma crop was up sharply as well, rated at 53% good to excellent, versus only 11% the previous year. The crop in the Soft Red state of Ohio was higher as well, rated 9 points above last year at 77% good to excellent. In contrast, the Michigan crop was rated 61% good to excellent, a drop of 10 points from last year.

Across the country, 80% of the winter wheat crop was planted as of Sunday, up 10 points on the week and exactly on par with the five-year average. However, things remain slow in waterlogged Michigan and Ohio, where planting was 68% and 75% complete, respectively, behind 80% and 85% on average.

Meanwhile, over half of the crop (55%) was reported emerged as of Sunday, up from 44% a week earlier and 6 points ahead of the five-year average, although 5 points behind last year. The Michigan crop was 55% emerged, on par with the state average, while Ohio was 5 points behind at 52% emerged.

Source: DePutter Publishing Ltd.

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