Winter Wheat in MT off to a Below-Average Start


It’s that time of your that our state field offices for the National Ag Statistics Service have started to release weekly reports on the conditions of our crops and pastureland.  Nationally, the winter wheat crop is looking pretty good.  The US Department of Agriculture has rated 65{4d08edaf359bc2115b18a651716ebd427a137946ddca2143fa23b3ea721061e4} as being in “good” or “excellent” condition, the highest proportion at this time of year since 2005.  The figures are considerably better than a year ago, when just 43{4d08edaf359bc2115b18a651716ebd427a137946ddca2143fa23b3ea721061e4} of the crop was rated this way.

Here at home, we are seeing some variation as the winter wheat crop is moving quickly out of dormancy.  As far as ratings, South Dakota’s winter wheat is 71{4d08edaf359bc2115b18a651716ebd427a137946ddca2143fa23b3ea721061e4} good to excellent.  Wyoming’s is also doing great at 91{4d08edaf359bc2115b18a651716ebd427a137946ddca2143fa23b3ea721061e4} good or better. In Montana, however, the winter wheat conditions are below last year with a majority of the crop rated fair and 43{4d08edaf359bc2115b18a651716ebd427a137946ddca2143fa23b3ea721061e4} good to excellent.

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Posted by Haylie Shipp


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