07 Jun Wheat Looking Bleak In Areas
While some areas of the Midwest brace for flooding along the Missouri River, southern portions of Kansas and areas in Oklahoma are suffering from extreme drought conditions leaving many to wonder how the 2011 wheat crop will fare. Below are crop conditions for selected states provided by the USDA.
Wheat in areas of the High Plains continues to be stressed due to earlier freeze and drought conditions. The wheat crop has been rated 56 percent very poor. Twelve percent has been rated fair. Harvest continues to make progress across the area.
Harvest activities were accelerated last week pushing the amount of wheat harvest to 45 percent. The hot, dry and windy conditions likely contributed to the significant jump in harvested acres.
Kansas wheat continues to be on the bleak side with 25 percent rated very poor and 29 percent rated poor. Only 15 percent is rated good and 2 percent rated excellent. High temperatures have advanced the crop as 50 percent is turned color and 11 percent is considered mature.
Wheat across the Cornhusker state is rated 1 percent very poor, 12 poor, 30 fair, 49 good, and 8 excellent. These ratings are below last year’s 75 percent good to excellent. Wheat jointed was at 96 percent, ahead of last year. Wheat headed was 54 percent.
Across Colorado wheat is 80 percent headed with 8 percent turning color. Overall the crop is rated in fair condition. Spring wheat has been planted and 76 percent is emerged. It is rated mostly fair to good condition.
Warmer weather helped push wheat development. Winter wheat is only 4 percent headed and is considerably behind last year at the time (43 percent).
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