As of Sunday, 80 percent of the barley crop was headed and 41 percent was jointed. Durum wheat was 69 percent headed, an increase of 36 percentage points from last week. Spring wheat was 82 percent headed and 42 percent was in the milk stage. Eighty-three percent of oats were headed, compared with zero last year and the fiveyear average (2007-2011) of 26 percent. Oats progressed 32 percentage points to 44 percent in the milk stage. Eighty-three percent of canola was blooming, ahead of zero last year and 37 percent on average. Dry peas were 81 percent flowering, compared with 15 percent last year and the average of 54 percent. Flaxseed advanced 21 percentage points to 44 percent blooming. Potatoes were 38 percent blooming, an increase of 26 percentage points from last week. All crop condition ratings decreased from last week.
Winter wheat harvest was under way with 11 percent harvested. Corn had an average height of 43 inches, ahead of the five year average of 26 inches. Eighty percent of corn had been cultivated or sprayed twice. Soybeans were at 29 percent blooming, ahead of the five year average of 8 percent. Sunflowers were at 100 percent planted. Spring wheat was at 65 percent turning color, with 1 percent ripe. Barley was at 92 percent headed, with 48 percent turning color. Oats were reported at 98 percent headed, with 56 percent turning color and 12 percent ripe.
Twenty-five percent of the nation’s corn crop was silking, compared to an 8 percent five-year average. Twenty-six percent of the soybeans were blooming, above the five year average of 12 percent. Spring wheat is 73 percent headed, and winter wheat harvest is 69 percent complete, as compared to the average pace of 43 percent.
Source: USDA NASS ND & SD Field Offices