Wheat Starts to Turn, Haying Well Underway


It was a mixed week of conditions across our region with warm weather welcomed in some spots and more precipitation and cool weather remaining in others.  As the growing season shortens and protection for producers wanes, we did still see some planting taking place in the last week.  The following information comes from the National Ag Statistics Service Field Offices in each state.

Montana:  Crop conditions remained similar to previous weeks. Early summer heat aided crop progress, though producers across the State are facing stripe rust and other diseases affecting emerged and growing wheat.  Fifty-six percent of spring wheat is rated good- to-excellent.  That’s well below the five-year average of 71{dfeadfe70caf58f453a47791a362966239aaa64624c42b982d70b175f7e3dda2}.  Spring wheat planting is now 98{dfeadfe70caf58f453a47791a362966239aaa64624c42b982d70b175f7e3dda2} complete, up eight percentage points in the last week.  Winter wheat is rated 60{dfeadfe70caf58f453a47791a362966239aaa64624c42b982d70b175f7e3dda2} good-to-excellent.  That’s a drop from last week’s 69{dfeadfe70caf58f453a47791a362966239aaa64624c42b982d70b175f7e3dda2} and below the five-year average of 63{dfeadfe70caf58f453a47791a362966239aaa64624c42b982d70b175f7e3dda2}.  Durum wheat planting is 99{dfeadfe70caf58f453a47791a362966239aaa64624c42b982d70b175f7e3dda2} complete.  Forty-four percent of winter wheat has headed and the first cutting for hay is 5{dfeadfe70caf58f453a47791a362966239aaa64624c42b982d70b175f7e3dda2} complete.  See full report…

Wyoming:  Despite cooler than normal temps, several counties reported good pasture and hay growth.  Average corn height is estimated at 50 percent the height it was this time last year. Of the crop conditions reported last week, the percent of winter wheat, corn and alfalfa rated good or better went unchanged.  Crop insect infestation remains minimal with 65 percent reporting none, 34 percent reported as light and 1 percent reported as moderate.  The winter wheat has just started to turn color and 60{dfeadfe70caf58f453a47791a362966239aaa64624c42b982d70b175f7e3dda2} of spring wheat has emerged.  Twenty-two percent of alfalfa has been harvested.  Ninety-five percent of sugarbeets have emerged.  See full report…

North Dakota:  Most areas of the state received measurable precipitation over the past week, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, North Dakota Field Office. Producers continued fieldwork when able, but dry, warm weather is needed to ensure the health of this season’s crops.  The state now reports that 90{dfeadfe70caf58f453a47791a362966239aaa64624c42b982d70b175f7e3dda2} of spring wheat planting is complete.  Sixty percent of the durum wheat has been planted.  While behind, the spring wheat is rated at 70{dfeadfe70caf58f453a47791a362966239aaa64624c42b982d70b175f7e3dda2} good-to-excellent.  See full report…

South Dakota:  Substantial rain falls early in the week and left only 2.2 days suitable for fieldwork in the past seven days. Farmers made minimal gains on the late season planting with the saturated fields. The cool wet weather also hindered the growth of many crops and slowed spraying, causing insects to become a larger issue.  The winter wheat has started to turn color at 6{dfeadfe70caf58f453a47791a362966239aaa64624c42b982d70b175f7e3dda2} turned.  The average height of corn is 13 inches compared to last year’s 22.  First cutting of alfalfa is 60{dfeadfe70caf58f453a47791a362966239aaa64624c42b982d70b175f7e3dda2} complete.  See full report…

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Haylie Shipp


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