Winter Wheat Planting Starting Slow; Little Spring Wheat Harvest Progress



U.S. winter wheat planting has joined the spring wheat harvest in running behind the average pace.

According to Monday’s USDA crop progress report, 8% of the 2020 national winter wheat crop had been planted as of Sunday, 4 points behind both last year and the average. Meanwhile, an estimated 76% of the spring wheat crop was in the bin, up only 5 points on the week and well behind 93% on average.

In the main Hard Red Winter state of Kansas, the winter wheat crop was 6% in the ground, in line with last year and the average. The Oklahoma crop was 7% planted, versus 11% last year and 8% on average. In the Soft Red state of Michigan, 3% of the crop was in, on par with last year and average. Ohio planting was just getting underway at 1% complete, ahead of 0% on average.

As for the spring wheat harvest, the Minnesota harvest advanced just 5 points from a week earlier to reach 83% done as of Sunday, behind 95% on average. Montana gained 7 points to 69% complete, versus 91% on average, while North Dakota was up 5 points to 73% complete, versus 91% on average. At 91% finished, the South Dakota harvest was running just a couple of points behind average.

Source: DePutter Publishing Ltd.

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