Northern Plains Wheat Running Late!


According to numbers released from the USDA National Ag  Statistics Service on Monday, 34{dfeadfe70caf58f453a47791a362966239aaa64624c42b982d70b175f7e3dda2} of Kansas’ winter wheat crop is still rated poor to very poor.  Texas sees 61{dfeadfe70caf58f453a47791a362966239aaa64624c42b982d70b175f7e3dda2} of its crop with that rating and 53{dfeadfe70caf58f453a47791a362966239aaa64624c42b982d70b175f7e3dda2} of Oklahoma’s crop is also rated that way.  Other big states with large numbers towards that bottom end are Colorado and Nebraska, with 43{dfeadfe70caf58f453a47791a362966239aaa64624c42b982d70b175f7e3dda2} and 20{dfeadfe70caf58f453a47791a362966239aaa64624c42b982d70b175f7e3dda2} poor to very poor rations respectively.

Our region is fairing much better with Montana’s winter wheat rated 70{dfeadfe70caf58f453a47791a362966239aaa64624c42b982d70b175f7e3dda2} good to excellent.  Although the condition ratings are dramatically better than last year and the 5-year average, the crop remains well behind average in progress.  84{dfeadfe70caf58f453a47791a362966239aaa64624c42b982d70b175f7e3dda2} is still dormant compared with last year’s 33{dfeadfe70caf58f453a47791a362966239aaa64624c42b982d70b175f7e3dda2} at this time.  (See Montana Report)

Wyoming farmers progressed quite nicely in the last week, planting nearly a quarter of the state’s projected barley acreage.  We’re still behind last year when nearly half of the crop was in, but only 10{dfeadfe70caf58f453a47791a362966239aaa64624c42b982d70b175f7e3dda2} behind the 5-year avearge.  Winter wheat is rated 57{dfeadfe70caf58f453a47791a362966239aaa64624c42b982d70b175f7e3dda2} good to excellent.  (See Wyoming Report)

Warm, dry weather is still needed in North Dakota before significant progress can be made planting crops.  The average starting date for fieldwork is expected to be April 29th.  This date is ten days later than both last year and the 5-year average.  Some reporters noted concerns about livestock health and the availability of dry land for calving and lambing.  (See North Dakota Report)

South Dakota winter wheat was rated 63{dfeadfe70caf58f453a47791a362966239aaa64624c42b982d70b175f7e3dda2} good to excellent as of Monday.  29{dfeadfe70caf58f453a47791a362966239aaa64624c42b982d70b175f7e3dda2} of the crop has broken dormancy.  This is far behind last year’s 79{dfeadfe70caf58f453a47791a362966239aaa64624c42b982d70b175f7e3dda2} and the 5-year average of 57{dfeadfe70caf58f453a47791a362966239aaa64624c42b982d70b175f7e3dda2}.  High levels of moisture in the soil are contributing to the delay of planting this year with spring wheat planting estimated at only one percent for the state.  (See South Dakota Report)

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Haylie Shipp



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