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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