Winter Wheat Condition Inches Lower

Following a four-point drop the previous week in the wake of damaging cold, the condition of the US winter wheat inched lower again this past week.

Monday’s USDA crop progress pegged the nationwide crop at 48% good to excellent as of Sunday, down a single point from a week earlier and now 7 points below a year earlier.

The crop in the largest production state of Kansas held steady again at 55% good to excellent. However, the crop in Oklahoma – which was more advanced and thus more vulnerable to cold temperatures – followed up 9-point drop the previous week with a 7-point slide this past week to 54%. On the other hand, the condition of the Texas crop, which was down 10 points the previous week, this time managed a 6-point improvement to 24% good to excellent.

In the Soft Red state of Michigan, the crop added 2 points on the week to 73% good to excellent, while the Ohio crop was 3 points higher at 81% good to excellent.

An estimated 27% of the national winter wheat crop was headed as of Sunday, up 10 points on the week but behind 30% last year and 34% on average.

The Kansas crop was 12% headed, up 10 points from a week earlier but well behind the average of 27%. The Oklahoma crop was 64% headed, versus 34% the previous week, 68% last year and 66% on average. Just 2% of the Ohio crop was heading, 2 points behind average. No crop was yet reported heading in Michigan.

Source: DePutter Publishing Ltd.

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