Corn Ratings Sink, SD & WY Winter Wheat Matures


Northern Ag Network Note:  All of the numbers given below are as of this past Sunday, July 1, 2012:


Corn conditions continue to plummet, according to data released today from the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service.  Not only are corn conditions lower for the fourth week in a row, but their demise has also picked up some steam.  Corn in the very poor to poor category increased eight percentage points to 22{6b02cb02835b82b7f756ddf6717aaab7139b350de274ea97f5b53eb230607107} and corn rated good-to-excellent dropped a like amount to 48{6b02cb02835b82b7f756ddf6717aaab7139b350de274ea97f5b53eb230607107}.

As with corn, soybean condition ratings are also dropping substantially.

As winter wheat harvest clips along (69{6b02cb02835b82b7f756ddf6717aaab7139b350de274ea97f5b53eb230607107} harvested on a national level), 53{6b02cb02835b82b7f756ddf6717aaab7139b350de274ea97f5b53eb230607107} of the crop is rated good to excellent.  That’s even with last week and up from the 35{6b02cb02835b82b7f756ddf6717aaab7139b350de274ea97f5b53eb230607107} of the crop that had that rating at this time last year. 

Spring wheat development is advancing quickly with 73{6b02cb02835b82b7f756ddf6717aaab7139b350de274ea97f5b53eb230607107} of the crop now headed.  That’s compared to last week’s 57{6b02cb02835b82b7f756ddf6717aaab7139b350de274ea97f5b53eb230607107} and the five-year average of 35{6b02cb02835b82b7f756ddf6717aaab7139b350de274ea97f5b53eb230607107}.  Spring wheat condition ratings show that 71{6b02cb02835b82b7f756ddf6717aaab7139b350de274ea97f5b53eb230607107} of the crop is rated good to excellent.  That’s slightly behind last week and last year.


In Montana, a color change has been happening in winter wheat fields.  Sixteen percent of winter wheat is now turning.  Thirty-five percent of spring wheat has now headed.  Roughly half the barley has headed and 6{6b02cb02835b82b7f756ddf6717aaab7139b350de274ea97f5b53eb230607107} is turning.  While the crop development across the board is ahead of last year and the five-year average, spring crops are stressed due to extreme heat and little moisture.  Get full report…

In Wyoming, 73{6b02cb02835b82b7f756ddf6717aaab7139b350de274ea97f5b53eb230607107} of winter wheat has turned color.  Five percent of the crop is considered to be mature.  Sixty-five percent of the spring wheat has headed as has 69{6b02cb02835b82b7f756ddf6717aaab7139b350de274ea97f5b53eb230607107} of the barley.  Twenty-nine percent of Wyoming barley has turned color.  The drought continues to worsen throughout much of the state with Lincoln County expected to harvest half of the normal amount of hay.  Get full report…

In North Dakota, last week’s heat wave also caused stress to the crops.  USDA NASS reports that all crop condition ratings in the state are worse than they were the previous week.  Eighty-two percent of the spring wheat crop has headed as has 69{6b02cb02835b82b7f756ddf6717aaab7139b350de274ea97f5b53eb230607107} of durum wheat.  This compares to 0{6b02cb02835b82b7f756ddf6717aaab7139b350de274ea97f5b53eb230607107} at this time last year for both of the crops.  Eleven percent of dry edible peas are blooming as is 44{6b02cb02835b82b7f756ddf6717aaab7139b350de274ea97f5b53eb230607107} of flaxseed.  Get full report…

In South Dakota, winter wheat harvest is getting well underway.  Eleven percent of that crop is now harvested compared to 1{6b02cb02835b82b7f756ddf6717aaab7139b350de274ea97f5b53eb230607107} last week.  This is compared to 0{6b02cb02835b82b7f756ddf6717aaab7139b350de274ea97f5b53eb230607107} at this time last year and a 0{6b02cb02835b82b7f756ddf6717aaab7139b350de274ea97f5b53eb230607107} five-year average.  Along with early progress there, 65{6b02cb02835b82b7f756ddf6717aaab7139b350de274ea97f5b53eb230607107} of spring wheat has also already turned color along with 48{6b02cb02835b82b7f756ddf6717aaab7139b350de274ea97f5b53eb230607107} of the state’s barley.  Get full report…


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Haylie Shipp


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