Winter Wheat Planting Slightly Behind Average; Emergence Still Lagging

US winter wheat planting is now slightly behind the average pace, while emergence continues to lag.

Monday’s USDA crop progress report showed nationwide winter wheat planting at 70% complete as of Sunday, up 10 points on the week but behind 76% last year and 1 point behind the five-year average. Meanwhile, 44% of the crop had emerged as of Sunday, up from 31% a week earlier but behind 50% last year and 47% on average.

A week earlier, planting was exactly on par with the average pace, while emergence was running 4 points behind.

In the No. 1 production state of Kansas, planting reached 75% complete as of Sunday, up from 63% the previous week and 7 points ahead of average. On the other hand, Oklahoma planting advanced just 7 points on the week to 57% done, well behind 73% last year and 72% on average. Soft Red planting in Michigan and Ohio is also running behind. The Michigan crop was 53% planted, compared to 44% a week earlier and 65% on average, and Ohio was 59% done, versus 42% the previous week and 69% on average.

Emergence in Kansas and Oklahoma was reported at 47% and 37%, respectively, compared to 31% and 25% a week earlier and 46% and 51% on average. The Michigan and Ohio crops were 47% and 29% emerged, up from 31% and 9% a week earlier and compared to the state averages of 46% and 36%.

Source: DePutter Publishing Ltd.

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