Because much of the nation’s spring wheat is grown in northern states, most of the crop has avoided debilitating drought. Compared to this past year’s crop, spring wheat should show significant improvement.
This past year, spring wheat yields were down 13% over the prior year. However, Mercaris, a market data service and online trading platform for organic, non-GMO and certified ag commodities, says this year’s improvement in crop conditions means yields are likely to significantly recover.
Crop conditions are optimistic. Over the six highest producing spring wheat states, 64% of the crop is rated good to excellent, compared to just 33% the previous year. USDA shows each state’s good to excellent ratings:
- Idaho 79%
- Minnesota 79%
- Montana 64% (up 9% over last year)
- North Dakota 83%
- South Dakota 51%
- Washington 78%
With 35% of the crop harvested as of Aug 12, there is still much to learn about actual yields. If Mercaris’ predictions are correct, , it could be a good year for spring wheat producers.