US Winter Wheat Planting Falls Behind Average 




After running ahead for much of September, US winter wheat planting progress has now slipped behind the average pace. 


Monday’s USDA crop progress showed nationwide winter wheat planting at 40% complete as of Sunday, up from 31% a week earlier but behind last year and the five-year average at 45% and 44%, respectively. Last week, winter wheat planting was a single point ahead of the average pace. 


In the top production state of Kansas, planting advanced 11 points on the week to reach 30% complete, still 9 points behind the state average. Oklahoma planting gained just 7 points to 28% done, compared to 36% last year and 41% on average. On the other hand, planting in the Soft Red state of Michigan was up 15 points from the previous week to 35% complete, ahead of 30% last year and 29% on average. Ohio was 17% done as of Sunday, up 15 points from a week earlier but still behind 24% on average. 


Across the country, an estimated 15% of the winter wheat crop had emerged as of Sunday, compared to 9% a week earlier, 18% last year and 17% on average. 


At 6%, emergence in Kansas was running 11 points behind the state average, while Oklahoma was 2 points behind at 10%. An estimated 11% of the Michigan crop was up as of Sunday, 1 point ahead of average. No crop was yet reported in Ohio, compared to 1% last year and 3% on average. 


Source: DePutter Publishing Ltd.

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