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Crops-Planting Progress

Crops-Planting Progress
Better Weather Yields Progress Planting Wheat
SD AG Connection - May 10, 2017

UNDATED - Weather conditions last week were much more conducive to planting as warm, windy conditions allowed fields to dry out and pushed along emergence. Planting of the U.S. spring wheat crop is now 54 percent complete, only slightly behind the average of 60 percent. Planting progressed over 40 percentage points last week in Minnesota to reach 65 percent complete and planting is nearly finished in South Dakota. Good progress was also made in Montana and North Dakota where planting is 46 and 45 percent complete. The weather forecast for the current week also shows warm, dry conditions which should allow for another good planting week.

Emergence remains behind average due to the earlier delays in planting. Twenty-one percent of the U.S. crop has emerged, compared to 37 percent last year and 29 percent on average. Emergence is ahead of average in South Dakota with 71 percent emerged, but slightly behind average in the other states with emergence rates ranging from 11 to 18 percent. Soil moisture conditions remain mostly favorable, but the southwest corner of North Dakota is getting fairly dry. Producers in other portions of the growing region report good soil moisture, but say timely precipitation on the newly planted crop would be mostly beneficial.

Durum planting in North Dakota is around 24 percent complete, comparable to the five-year average of 26 percent. Producers in the durum growing regions have also benefited from good planting conditions for the most part. In Montana, durum planting is 37 percent complete, behind the average of 42 percent. Emergence in Montana is at three percent.



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