The condition of the U.S. winter wheat crop held steady for the second consecutive week this past week.
An estimated 64% of the nationwide crop was rated good to excellent as of Sunday, according to Monday’s USDA crop progress report, unchanged from a week earlier but well up from just 36% good to excellent a year earlier.
The condition of the Hard Red Winter crop in Kansas slipped 2 points on the week to 56% good to excellent, while the crop in Oklahoma improved 2 points to 75%. Meanwhile, the Soft Red crop in Michigan added a single point to 43% good to excellent as of Sunday, while the Ohio crop held steady at 30% good to excellent.
Across the country, 42% of the winter wheat crop had reached the heading stage as of Sunday, up from 29% a week earlier but back of the average of 54%. In Kansas, 35% of the crop had reached the heading stage, up from 14% the previous week but far back of 64% on average. The Oklahoma crop was 89% headed, versus 64% a week earlier and 92% on average.
The Ohio crop was 6% headed, up from 1% the previous week but behind 14% on average. No crop was yet reported heading in Michigan compared to 1% on average.
Source: DePutter Publishing Ltd.
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