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Drought-Wheat Trouble

Drought-Wheat Trouble
Spring Wheat Emerging, But Looking for Moisture
South Dakota AG Connection - June 7, 2017

UNDATED - Nearly 90 percent of the U.S. spring wheat crop has emerged, ahead of the average pace of 85 percent. Emergence lags behind average in Montana at 78 percent, but is above average in the other main producing states. Crop condition ratings declined this week as hot, dry, windy conditions prevailed across much of the region and soil moisture supplies dwindled. Fifty-five percent of the U.S. spring wheat is rated in good to excellent condition, down from 62 percent last week and 79 percent one year ago. Conditions in Minnesota are a bit better than the rest of the states with 95 percent of their spring wheat rated in good to excellent condition.

While some areas of the region received beneficial precipitation over the weekend, the bulk of the spring wheat growing region did not and producers are reporting that moisture is definitely needed to aid crop growth and development. In North Dakota, over half of the topsoil is rated as being short to very short on moisture and 35 percent of the subsoil is in the same condition. The extended forecast for the current week doesn't show much of a chance for precipitation at this time.

Durum producers are reporting similar conditions in terms of moisture. Crop conditions for the North Dakota durum crop are as follows: 27 percent rated good to excellent, 60 percent rated in fair condition, and 13 percent is rated in poor condition. Crop development is ahead of average with 84 percent emerged and 27 percent in the jointed stage or beyond. Crop development is a bit behind average in Montana with about half emerged, compared to 63 percent on average.



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