Spring Planting Crawls Along


Folks have been talking about spring planting for so long that we really thought we'd see some more progress reported by the USDA National Ag Statistic Service regional offices this week.  No such luck.  While we aren't yet too far behind, planting progress hasn't hit high gear yet this year.

Here's a state-by-state breakdown of the numbers as of this past Sunday:


Spring wheat planting crept forward 2{0a3336b3da8cf935de4f3eb78fe29508c4b8b5ebd27d01af2d815614325d533e} in the past week.  As of Sunday, 5{0a3336b3da8cf935de4f3eb78fe29508c4b8b5ebd27d01af2d815614325d533e} of the crop was seeded.  That's a percentage point behind last year and down 11{0a3336b3da8cf935de4f3eb78fe29508c4b8b5ebd27d01af2d815614325d533e} from the five-year average.  At 6{0a3336b3da8cf935de4f3eb78fe29508c4b8b5ebd27d01af2d815614325d533e} planted, sugar beet growers made no advancements on the week.  Last year at this time, though, no sugar beets were in the ground.  Seventeen percent is the five-year average.  Ten percent of Montana's barley has been planted, down 13{0a3336b3da8cf935de4f3eb78fe29508c4b8b5ebd27d01af2d815614325d533e} from last year and 15{0a3336b3da8cf935de4f3eb78fe29508c4b8b5ebd27d01af2d815614325d533e} from the five-year average.  

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Thirty-six percent of barley has been planted in the Cowboy State, down from 67{0a3336b3da8cf935de4f3eb78fe29508c4b8b5ebd27d01af2d815614325d533e} last year and the five-year 65{0a3336b3da8cf935de4f3eb78fe29508c4b8b5ebd27d01af2d815614325d533e} average.  Five percent of the crop has emerged.  Spring wheat seeding in Wyoming is 6{0a3336b3da8cf935de4f3eb78fe29508c4b8b5ebd27d01af2d815614325d533e} complete.  That's actually 3{0a3336b3da8cf935de4f3eb78fe29508c4b8b5ebd27d01af2d815614325d533e} ahead of 2013 but down from the 17{0a3336b3da8cf935de4f3eb78fe29508c4b8b5ebd27d01af2d815614325d533e} five-year average.  For sugar beets, 7{0a3336b3da8cf935de4f3eb78fe29508c4b8b5ebd27d01af2d815614325d533e} of the crop has been planted.  That's up 6{0a3336b3da8cf935de4f3eb78fe29508c4b8b5ebd27d01af2d815614325d533e} on the week, ahead of 2013 by 3{0a3336b3da8cf935de4f3eb78fe29508c4b8b5ebd27d01af2d815614325d533e}, and behind the five-year average of 15{0a3336b3da8cf935de4f3eb78fe29508c4b8b5ebd27d01af2d815614325d533e}.  CLICK HERE to read the full report…


Seventeen percent of South Dakota's spring wheat has now been seeded, ahead of 6{0a3336b3da8cf935de4f3eb78fe29508c4b8b5ebd27d01af2d815614325d533e} last year but behind the five-year average of 32{0a3336b3da8cf935de4f3eb78fe29508c4b8b5ebd27d01af2d815614325d533e}.  Barley planting is steady with 2013 at 6{0a3336b3da8cf935de4f3eb78fe29508c4b8b5ebd27d01af2d815614325d533e} complete but behind the five-year average of 21{0a3336b3da8cf935de4f3eb78fe29508c4b8b5ebd27d01af2d815614325d533e}.  Last week was the first week for any corn to go into the ground.  Progress, at 1{0a3336b3da8cf935de4f3eb78fe29508c4b8b5ebd27d01af2d815614325d533e}, is ahead of last year's 0{0a3336b3da8cf935de4f3eb78fe29508c4b8b5ebd27d01af2d815614325d533e} but behind the five-year 3{0a3336b3da8cf935de4f3eb78fe29508c4b8b5ebd27d01af2d815614325d533e} average.  CLICK HERE to read the full report…


For the first time this year, last week saw some progress for spring wheat seeding in North Dakota.  At 1{0a3336b3da8cf935de4f3eb78fe29508c4b8b5ebd27d01af2d815614325d533e} planted, it's ahead of the 0{0a3336b3da8cf935de4f3eb78fe29508c4b8b5ebd27d01af2d815614325d533e} progress at this time last year.  The five-year average is 10{0a3336b3da8cf935de4f3eb78fe29508c4b8b5ebd27d01af2d815614325d533e}.  Dry edible peas also started going into the ground at 1{0a3336b3da8cf935de4f3eb78fe29508c4b8b5ebd27d01af2d815614325d533e} planted.  That's compared to 0{0a3336b3da8cf935de4f3eb78fe29508c4b8b5ebd27d01af2d815614325d533e} at this time last year and the 6{0a3336b3da8cf935de4f3eb78fe29508c4b8b5ebd27d01af2d815614325d533e} five-year average.  CLICK HERE to read the full report…

As far as winter wheat condition ratings, they worsened slightly in the past week on a national level.  Twenty-three percent of the crop is now rated at poor-to-very poor.  That's compared to 22{0a3336b3da8cf935de4f3eb78fe29508c4b8b5ebd27d01af2d815614325d533e} at this time last week.  How about the upper end?  Thirty-four percent of the crop is now in the good-to-excellent category.  While there was a slight shift, that's pretty stable with last week.

Regionally, Montana winter wheat condition is rated 68{0a3336b3da8cf935de4f3eb78fe29508c4b8b5ebd27d01af2d815614325d533e} good-to-excellent.  Far exceeding the national number, it's improved in the last week and is rated above last year (51{0a3336b3da8cf935de4f3eb78fe29508c4b8b5ebd27d01af2d815614325d533e} good-to-excellent) and the five-year average (59{0a3336b3da8cf935de4f3eb78fe29508c4b8b5ebd27d01af2d815614325d533e} good-to-excellent).  Wyoming winter wheat is rated at 52{0a3336b3da8cf935de4f3eb78fe29508c4b8b5ebd27d01af2d815614325d533e} good-to-excellent with no comparison to 2013 available.  Similarly, South Dakota winter wheat is rated at 66{0a3336b3da8cf935de4f3eb78fe29508c4b8b5ebd27d01af2d815614325d533e} good-to-excellent and 52{0a3336b3da8cf935de4f3eb78fe29508c4b8b5ebd27d01af2d815614325d533e} of North Dakota winter wheat is in those top two categories.

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Haylie Shipp


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