What Spring Planting Hasn’t Been Done?


The fact that delays in spring wheat planting are extreme enough to lead to lost acres boosted wheat futures in Minneapolis last week.  There are a few dry spots in this week’s regional weather forecast that could allow for more fieldwork, but where do we stand right now?  The following state-by-state summaries include information pulled from USDA NASS reports.  The percentages given are as of this past Sunday, May 29, 2011.

Montana:  Wet conditions continue to hamper farming efforts. Ten percent of farmers still report that they are not able to start field work. Fifty-nine percent of spring wheat has been planted, up ten percentage points from the previous week and down from the five-year average of 90{dfeadfe70caf58f453a47791a362966239aaa64624c42b982d70b175f7e3dda2}.  Seventy-seven percent of barley has been planted as have 89{dfeadfe70caf58f453a47791a362966239aaa64624c42b982d70b175f7e3dda2} of sugar beets, 55{dfeadfe70caf58f453a47791a362966239aaa64624c42b982d70b175f7e3dda2} of durum wheat and 63{dfeadfe70caf58f453a47791a362966239aaa64624c42b982d70b175f7e3dda2} of corn.  Winter wheat condition ratings at 72{dfeadfe70caf58f453a47791a362966239aaa64624c42b982d70b175f7e3dda2} good-to-excellent, are better than 2010 and the five-year average.  See full report…

Wyoming:  Flooding and rain have significantly prevented or delayed fieldwork in counties such as Crook and Weston while high levels of snowpack still remain in many areas. Delayed pasture growth has limited livestock turn out and is tightening hay supplies in a few counties.  Barley planting and emergence, at 92{dfeadfe70caf58f453a47791a362966239aaa64624c42b982d70b175f7e3dda2} and 68{dfeadfe70caf58f453a47791a362966239aaa64624c42b982d70b175f7e3dda2} respectively, is on par with 2010 numbers.  Eighty-six percent of sugar beets have now been planted.  Of that, 23{dfeadfe70caf58f453a47791a362966239aaa64624c42b982d70b175f7e3dda2} have emerged.  The five-year average is to have 66{dfeadfe70caf58f453a47791a362966239aaa64624c42b982d70b175f7e3dda2} emergence by this time of year.  See full report…

South Dakota:  Heavy rains from the middle to end of the week halted planting, causing all crops to lag behind last year and the 5 year average for completion.  Eighty-six percent of corn has been planted with 46{dfeadfe70caf58f453a47791a362966239aaa64624c42b982d70b175f7e3dda2} emergence.  Nearly all (96{dfeadfe70caf58f453a47791a362966239aaa64624c42b982d70b175f7e3dda2}) spring wheat has now been seeded.  Seventy-three percent has emerged, which puts the crop 21 percentage points behind the 2010 progress.  Ninety-three percent of barley has been seeded as well as 96{dfeadfe70caf58f453a47791a362966239aaa64624c42b982d70b175f7e3dda2} of oats and 14{dfeadfe70caf58f453a47791a362966239aaa64624c42b982d70b175f7e3dda2} of sunflowers.  See full report…

North Dakota:  Additional precipitation and excess soil moisture continued to hinder seeding across the state, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service, North Dakota Field Office. Producers in many areas faced muddy, inaccessible fields. Standing water was reported in some fields around the state.  Durum wheat planting is now 17{dfeadfe70caf58f453a47791a362966239aaa64624c42b982d70b175f7e3dda2} complete compared to the five-year average of 86{dfeadfe70caf58f453a47791a362966239aaa64624c42b982d70b175f7e3dda2}.  Fifty-five percent of spring wheat has been planted compared with last year’s 93{dfeadfe70caf58f453a47791a362966239aaa64624c42b982d70b175f7e3dda2}.  See full report…


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Haylie Shipp


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