Winter wheat condition improves slightly

According to USDA, the winter wheat crop condition rating improved slightly last week but remains well below year ago levels.

As of Sunday, 36% of the crop is in good to excellent condition, up 2% on the week but down 25% from this time last year. 34% of winter wheat is rated fair, while 30% is in poor to very poor shape.

35% of this year’s oat crop has been planted, compared to 58% a year ago and the five year average of 41% and 31% has emerged, compared to 36% last year and 32% on average.

Rice is 17% planted, compared to 35% a year ago and 20% on average, with 9% emerged, compared to 8% last year and 5% on average.

5% of cotton is planted, compared to 9% a year ago and 7% on average, and 16% of sorghum has been planted, compared to 19% both this time last year and on the five year average.

USDA’s next national crop progress report is out Monday, April 15 at 4 PM Eastern/3 PM Central.

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