Producers still waiting for wheat conditions to improve

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The USDA’s latest Crop Progress report, released on Monday, showed that drought is still taking its toll on this year’s winter wheat crop.

Overall 36 percent of the country’s wheat is in good to excellent condition.

The best wheat conditions were reported in California, where 95 percent of wheat is in these conditions. Other states reporting positive wheat conditions include Washington (78 percent), Missouri (73 percent), Illinois (72 percent) and North Carolina (70 percent).

South Dakota reported the worst wheat conditions on the country with 75 percent in poor to very poor condition.

Here is a look at wheat conditions in the Corn Belt and selected states:

State

Very poor

Poor

Fair

Good

Excellent

Arkansas

4

3

36

44

13

California

-

-

5

15

80

Colorado

22

24

40

14

-

Illinois

1

4

23

62

10

Indiana

0

2

30

51

17

Kansas

11

20

28

29

2

Michigan

1

8

35

51

7

Missouri

-

1

26

63

10

Nebraska

18

33

38

10

1

Ohio

1

4

26

58

12

Oklahoma

13

20

39

26

2

South Dakota

47

28

22

3

-

Texas

22

29

32

16

1

18 reporting states

12

18

34

31

5

Last week’s report

10

20

36

29

5

See how your state is doing here.

In some areas of Texas, a “deluge” is needed to save winter wheat harvest according to Glenn Brzozowski, county executive director of the Haskell County Farm Service Agency.

“We need some slow rain and we need some hard rain,” Brzozowski told the Reporter News. “We need it to be even and consistent and regular.”

View the report.

No corn planting updates...yet
This week marks the first official days that farmers can begin planting corn in many spots across the upper Midwest, according to Reuters. Though rain brought spring field work and early corn planting to a standstill, it also helped add valuable soil moisture in drought-stricken areas of the Corn Belt.  Read more here.  

Last year an early spring spurred early corn planting. On April 9, 2012, 7 percent of the nation’s corn had been planted, putting it well-above the five-year average of 2 percent. The USDA has yet to report any progress on corn planting this year. However, the USDA did indicate that it will begin reporting corn planting in their next issue of Crop Progress.


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