Winter Wheat Harvest Nears Half Done; Spring Wheat Condition Slides Again

The US winter wheat harvest is nearing the halfway mark, while the condition of the spring wheat crop on the northern Plains remains in decline.

According to Monday’s USDA crop progress report, 41% of the nationwide winter wheat crop was in the bin as of Sunday, up from 29% a week earlier and on par with the five-year average. Meanwhile, the condition of the spring wheat crop lost 6 points on the week to fall to 69% good to excellent as of Sunday and is now down 12 points over the previous two weeks.

In the primary wheat production state of Kansas, the winter wheat harvest reached 47% complete as of Sunday, up from 25% a week earlier but 4 points behind the average. The Oklahoma harvest is close to winding up with 95% of the crop off, 10 points ahead of average. An estimated 1% of the crop was off in the Soft Red state of Ohio, behind 5% last year and 13% on average. No harvest activity was yet reported in Michigan.

The national winter wheat crop was rated 52% good to excellent as of Sunday, unchanged on the week but below 63% last year.

As for the spring wheat crop, conditions are deteriorating in the main production state of North Dakota where dryness is taking a toll. After falling 9 points the previous week, the condition of the crop dropped another 10 points this past week to fall to 59% good to excellent as of Sunday.

The condition of the Minnesota crop was down 1 point on the week to 80% good to excellent as of Sunday and Montana was down 4 points to 81%. The South Dakota crop also lost 10 points to drop to 67% good to excellent.

An estimated 36% of the US spring wheat crop had reached the heading stage as of Sunday, up from 12% a week earlier and ahead of 20% last year but behind 45% on average. In North Dakota, only 30% of the crop had headed as of Sunday, 13 points behind the average, while Minnesota was 14 points behind at 45% headed.

Montana was close to average at 24% headed, while South Dakota was 11 points ahead at 77% headed as of Sunday.

Source: DePutter Publishing Ltd.

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