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Spring Wheat Planting Wrapping Up, Emergence Picking Up
USAgNet - 06/12/2019

While some spring wheat producers may be still planting some of their last acres, planting for the most part has wrapped up. According to the USDA Crop Progress Report, 97 percent of the spring wheat in the U.S. has been planted, still behind last year and the five-year averages. With improved weather conditions, emergence is picking up. About 85 percent of the U.S. crop has emerged, compared to 93 percent on average. Emergence is farthest behind in Montana where 79 percent has emerged. South Dakota, Minnesota and North Dakota report that 85 percent or more has emerged.

Condition of the spring wheat crop remains favorable with 81 percent rated in good to excellent condition, down a couple percentage points from last week, but above 70 percent a year ago. In Minnesota, Montana, and North Dakota, 82-84 percent of the crop is rated in good to excellent condition, while in South Dakota 69 percent is rated in the top two categories.

In North Dakota, the northern tier of the state remains dry with the north central portion now classified as being in a moderate drought. Precipitation would be welcome in many areas to help along crop development. Precipitation over the last week was quite variable in the region with some areas getting barely a trace and other areas receiving 2-3 inches. Weather conditions this week look favorable for crop development.

Planting of the durum crop in North Dakota is wrapping up with 93 percent planted. Emergence is slightly behind average at 77 percent. Crop conditions are mostly favorable with 86 percent of the North Dakota crop rated in good to excellent condition. Some portions of the durum area could use precipitation.

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