US Winter Wheat Crop Condition Holding Recent Gains

The condition of the drought-battered US winter wheat crop was steady over the past week but continues to show improvement since the end of October.

That portion of the national crop rated in good to excellent condition was pegged at 32% in Monday’s weekly USDA crop progress report. That is up 2 points from the previous week but remains well down from 44% last year and the worst in years. An estimated 33% of the crop was in poor to very poor condition, up a single point on the week and way up from 22% a year ago.

In Texas, the condition of the crop improved to 19% good to excellent as of Sunday, a gain of 5 points on the week. The Oklahoma crop was up 9 points to 23% good to excellent. However, the crop in the No. 1 production state of Kansas fell 2 points to 24% good to excellent, far below over 60% a year ago.

The crop in the Soft Red Winter production state of Michigan showed improvement this past week, up 7 points to 66% good to excellent. The crop in Ohio jumped up 7 points to 58% good to excellent, now the same as one year ago.

Across the country, planting has concluded and most (87%) of the crop had emerged, compared to 81% the previous week, 85% last year and 86% on average.

The Kansas crop was 81% emerged as of Sunday, 7 points behind average, while Oklahoma was just 1 point behind the state average at 90%. The Michigan crop was 98% emerged, far ahead of 89% on average, while Ohio was on par with normal at 93%.

Source: DePutter Publishing Ltd.

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