First Crop Progress Report of Season Shows Lowest Winter Wheat Condition in Over a Decade


By Anthony Greder, DTN Managing Editor

OMAHA (DTN) — U.S. winter wheat is kicking off the 2022 growing season with the lowest good-to-excellent condition rating in over a decade, according to USDA NASS’ first weekly Crop Progress report released Monday.

For the week ended April 3, 2022, winter wheat was rated just 30% in good-to-excellent condition, down 23 percentage points from 53% at the same time last year. Thirty-six percent of the crop was rated poor to very poor, up from 16% at the same time last year.

The winter wheat crop’s current condition is also down from what it was before the crop entered dormancy. In its final national Crop Progress report of 2021, released on Monday, Nov. 29, NASS estimated U.S. winter wheat condition at 44% good to excellent as of Sunday, Nov. 28.

Meanwhile, corn planting was off to an average start at 2% complete, equal to both last year and the five-year average.

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