Wheat Watch: Mother Nature May Throw a Monkey Wrench in Early Planting Plans


wheatSouth Dakota’s winter wheat crop appears to be in fairly good shape, as producers wait for the weather to cooperate and allow planting of this season’s spring wheat crop. Meanwhile, on the southern high plains, Oklahoma is ground zero for the worst drought conditions in the U.S.

We visited with Reid Christopherson, Executive Director of the South Dakota Wheat Commission, to get an update.


Crop conditions in the drought-plagued areas are declining as extreme drought spans from Kansas and Oklahoma to California. Three-quarters of the winter wheat crop in New Mexico is in poor to very poor condition as meaningful precipitation has been almost non-existent since last fall.

USDA will update Winter Wheat conditions on Monday afternoon.