Spring Wheat Plantings Near Completion
At any point, spring wheat growers could be finished with nationwide planting. When the week started, growers were 88% done as we started the week and a little heat helped push emergence rates up to 89% nationally.
As to condition, USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey says it's improving.
"With generally beneficial conditions, which included showers in some of the previously dry areas of the northern high plains," Rippey pointed out. "59% of the spring wheat rated a good excellent on June 19th, just 6% very poor to poor. A week ago we were 54% good to excellent and 9% very poor to poor."
Last year at this time, 37% of the spring wheat was in poor to very poor condition. Meanwhile, for winter wheat, a quarter of the crop has been cut, that's a bit ahead of average. Condition of the crop a lot below average.
"We are looking at the crop rated just 30% good to excellent."
With 43% of whether wheat rated and poor to very poor condition.
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