U.S. winter wheat conditions mostly fair to good

Hard white winter wheat growing in North Carolina in 2010. (Dave Marshall photo courtesy ARS/USDA)

MarketsFarm — The condition of the bulk of the U.S. winter wheat crop, taken from data provided by 17 reporting states, was at 29 per cent fair and 48.1 per cent good at the end of January.

The rest of those states’ crops stood at 4.2 very poor, 12.1 poor and 7.2 per cent excellent, according to the state stories report issued Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

The reporting states currently have about 15.6 million acres of winter wheat, a little more than half of the area estimated to have been seeded for 2020 throughout the U.S.

The NASS report didn’t have data from large winter wheat-producing states such as Oklahoma (4.2 million acres) and Texas (4.9 million acres).

The data in Tuesday’s report does include Kansas, which has the largest amount of seeded winter wheat at 6.9 million acres. Its crop rated eight per cent very poor, 15 poor, 43 fair, 31 good and three per cent excellent.

Colorado, with 1.9 million acres, reported its winter wheat was five per cent very poor, 19 poor, 23 fair, 50 good and three per cent excellent.

Montana’s 1.6 million acres of winter wheat was five per cent poor, 24 fair, 40 good and 31 per cent excellent — the latter by far the highest listed in the report.

On the other side of the spectrum, New Mexico has been having a difficult year for its 300,000 acres of winter wheat due to dry conditions. The report said the state’s crop was 37 per cent very poor, 50 poor, 10 fair and only three per cent good.

Other than New Mexico, none of the reporting states had more than eight per cent very poor.

Also of note, Arizona reported 70 per cent of its durum was seeded, with 65 per cent of it emerged. Arizona was projected to be one of only two states growing durum, with 45,000 acres. The other is California, with 25,000 acres.

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