Eighty-five percent of barley was in the boot stage while 55 percent was headed, ahead of 32 percent and 11 percent on average (five year (2007-2011)). On Sunday, 79 percent of the Durum crop was in the boot stage, a 37 percentage point increase from last week. Thirty-three percent of Durum was headed, ahead of 4 percent on average. Spring wheat was 88 percent in the boot stage, compared with 1 percent last year and 28 percent on average. Spring wheat headed reached 60 percent, an increase of 32 percentage points from last week. Oats were 87 percent in the boot stage, ahead of 30percent on average. Fifty-six percent of oats were headed, a 35 percentage point increase from last week. With a 41 percentage point advance from last week, 55 percent of canola was blooming, ahead of zero last year and the average of 15 percent. Dry edible peas were 69 percent flowering, compared with 1 percent last year and 28 percent on average. Flaxseed was 23 percent blooming, ahead of zero last year and the average of 3 percent. With the exception of potatoes, conditions of all crops showed an improvement from last week.
The hay and row crops saw a decline in conditions this past week. Corn had an average height of 28 inches, ahead of the five year average of 16 inches. Ninety-seven percent of corn had been cultivated or sprayed once with 50 percent cultivated or sprayed twice. Soybeans were at 11 percent blooming, ahead of the five year average of 1 percent. Sunflowers were at 94 percent planted. Eighty-four percent of winter wheat had turned color, ahead of the five year average of 22 percent. Spring wheat was at 96 percent headed, with 17 percent turning color. Barley was at 98 percent in the boot stage, with 69 percent headed and 11 percent turning color. Oats were reported at 94 percent headed, with 22 percent turning color and 1 percent ripe.
Sources: USDA NASS ND & SD Field Offices