Weather still an issue for wheat crop

Oklahoma – Weather continued to plague Oklahoma as more strong storms and tornadoes moved through the state last week dumping heavy rainfall and hail throughout the north and central portions of the state.  This weather has produced heavy losses across the state, with a number of wheat acres disastered out, and other acres that will be cut for hay. Wheat heading was nearly complete in undamaged fields and 67 percent of wheat was in the soft dough stage, up 26 points from last week, but still behind the normal average.

South Dakota – Severe weather has been an issue as weekend weather brought tornadoes and hail to eastern South Dakota. Damage was reported, and precipitation was fairly widespread, with many locations reporting up to an inch of rainfall. Forty-eight percent of winter wheat is in the boot stage, up 20 percent from last year at this time. Spring wheat has been planted, and 84 percent has emerged.

Texas – Wet weather has slowed harvest progression throughout Texas, and harvest should be well under way in the Northern High Plains within the next couple weeks and yield potential looks good. There has been minimal cutting, as two percent of the overall crop is reported as harvested.  There was some wheat with hail damage reported in the Southern Low Plains by recent thunderstorms. Statewide, wheat looks fair to good.

Kansas – Most of the sunflower state received an inch or more of precipitation last week. Finney, Barton and Greeley counties all reported more than three inches of rainfall. Temperatures were in the 60s and 70s early and by the weekend warmed to 80s with a few low 90s reported. Eighty-one percent of winter wheat has headed and three percent of the wheat crop has turned color. A majority of the Kansas crop remains fair to good condition, with 12 percent rating excellent. Reported disease has increased to 23 percent with light infestation and only one percent severe. There continue to be reports of powdery mildew, stripe and leaf rust.

Colorado – Temperatures were higher than normal across Colorado last week, with most of the state reporting precipitation below average for this time of year. The southeast region of the state reported severe thunderstorms with hail and wind damage to crops at the end of last week. Winter wheat is 88-percent jointed, well behind the 5-year average of 96-percent. The crop continues to be rated in mostly good condition. Spring wheat is 98-percent seeded, ahead of the 5-year average of 93 percent. Eighty-two percent of spring wheat has emerged.

Nebraska – Cool wet weather across the state continues to slow progression of the wheat crop across the cornhusker state; however, 66 percent of the crop is rated good and nine percent is rated excellent. Wheat jointed was at 78 percent. Wheat headed was only six percent complete, well behind 2009 average.

Missouri – South-central and southeast districts of Missouri are 100-percent headed, while the rest of the state averages 81 percent. These percentages are similar to last year. Overall the crop is fair to good, with only five percent rated as excellent, and 10 percent poor.

Minnesota – Spring wheat in Minnesota is 98-percent emerged, and four percent of that is jointing.

Wyoming – Fifty-five percent of winter wheat is jointed, behind last year’s progress.

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