Winter Wheat Harvest Advances but Remains Behind Average Pace

Producers made better progress in the field this past week but the US winter wheat harvest is still lagging the average pace.

An estimated 17% of the 2021 US winter wheat crop was in the bin as of Sunday, according to Monday’s USDA crop progress report. That is up from 4% the previous week but still trails last year and the average at 27% and 26%, respectively.

The Kansas harvest was 13% complete as of Sunday, up from 0% a week earlier but behind 24% on average. The Oklahoma harvest jumped 40 points on the week to 50% done, still behind 79% last year and 66% on average, while Texas advanced to 28 points to 58% complete, behind 83% last year and 68% on average.

The Ohio harvest is just getting started at 1% complete as of Sunday, on par with the average. No harvest activity was yet reported in Michigan.

An estimated 96% of the US winter wheat crop had reached the heading stage as of Sunday, up 4 points on the week and even with the average. At 95% headed, the Michigan was running 10 points ahead of the state average. The Ohio crop is now entirely out in head, in line with the average.

The US crop was rated 49% good to excellent as of Sunday, up 1 point from the previous week but 3 points below last year. The Michigan and Ohio crops were rated 63% and 76% good to excellent, compared to 55% and 77% a week earlier.

Source: DePutter Publishing Ltd.

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