US Winter Wheat Ratings Mostly Lower in January




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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