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Crop Report

Crop Report

Spring, Durum Wheat Planting Lag Behind Average


South Dakota Ag Connection - April 30, 2019

UNDATED - Some producers had just gotten a start on spring wheat and durum planting in North Dakota before precipitation in the form of rain or snow stalled progress over the weekend. Some northern areas received as much as 10-12 inches of snow, other areas received small amounts of rainfall. Many producers have not yet started fieldwork in the state as they continue to wait for fields to dry out. The forecast for the current week continues to show cooler conditions with chances of precipitation.

While planting progress is behind the average for the region, the pace is generally ahead of or similar to last year's pace. However, producers will need improved weather to make planting advancements.

On a national average, about 13 percent of the spring wheat has been planted, compared to 33 percent on average and 9 percent last year. Minnesota has 2 percent planted, North Dakota is at 5 percent, South Dakota is at 8 percent, and Montana planting is about 23 percent complete. North Dakota reports that about 4 percent of the durum crop has been planted, compared to one percent last year and 7 percent on average.



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