The month of January was generally unkind to US winter wheat crops, with condition ratings on the central Plains and the Great Lakes region mostly lower compared to a month earlier.
In the primary winter wheat production state of Kansas, the 2021 winter wheat crop was rated 43% good to excellent as of Monday, down 3 points from the end of December but still 10 points better than the end of November. At 24%, that portion of the Kansas crop rated poor to very poor as of Monday increased 7 points from the end of December.
Topsoil moisture across Kansas was rated 55% short to very short as of Monday, compared to 43% a month earlier.
The Nebraska winter wheat crop was pegged at 34% good to excellent as of Monday, a 3-point drop from the end of December but little changed from 35% at the end of November, while the crop in Colorado – where drought conditions are among the worst in the central Plains – was rated just 17% good to excellent as of Monday, down 2 points from the end of December. An estimated 36% of the Colorado winter wheat crop was in poor to very poor condition as of Monday, up 2 points from a month earlier.
Heading northward, the South Dakota winter wheat crop was rated 32% good (0% excellent) as of Monday, down from 37% good to excellent at the end of December, and the North Dakota crop came in at just 21% good to excellent, a 5-point drop on the month. Topsoil moisture in North Dakota was rated 75% short to very short as of Monday, an increase of 4 points from the end of December.
Some Soft Red crops in the Great Lakes region also suffered during the month.
The Michigan winter wheat crop was rated 58% good to excellent as of Monday, compared to 73% at the end of December as well as the end of November. Ohio’s crop was rated 71% good to excellent, a 1-point drop on the month but up from 69% at the end of November.
On the other hand, the crop in Illinois saw good improvement, jumping to 65% good to excellent as of Monday, up 15 points from a month earlier but still below 79% at the end of November.
Source: DePutter Publishing Ltd.
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