The winter wheat condition rating continues its downhill slide, with 39 percent of the crop rated very poor to poor on Monday’s USDA Weekly Crop Progress report. Corn planting increased by four percentage points in the week ended on April 17, still 1 percentage point behind the average pace and 9 percentage points behind last year’s pace. Continued rain in the nation’s midsection is keeping planters parked in major production states, according to USDA Meteorologist Brad Rippey.
In Minnesota, producers anticipate full-scale field work to begin on April 25, four days behind the 5-year average.
North Dakota’s average starting date for field work is now expected to be May 5, 17 days later than last year and 14 days behind the 5-year average.
In South Dakota, spring wheat planting is estimated at only 8 percent for the state, compared to 32 percent last year and 24 percent for the five-year average. Winter wheat condition is 66 percent good to excellent, 33 percent fair and 1 percent poor.