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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.

South Dakota
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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  • Charles M. Gore
    Posted at 14:33h, 08 June

    I guess the Wheat in th Birds Point/East Pararie floodway would be classified as very poor. The 130,000 acres in the floodway went under around 10ft. of the Mississippi River last month. One farm manager lost about 1800 acres of Wheat, (Yield 60-80 bu to acre depending on birds) and about 3000 acres of Corn which carries about 200 + plus per acre average. The fields that had pivots and had and were cut to grade worked well following the Corn with Wheat and following the Wheat with Soybeans. This lets the combines cut in June, August/September and October/November. Any way this year “they may” get a Soybean crop, part of the risk of farming bottom land. The road ditches on I-55 at mile marker 60 were still full on May 30th. MODOT still had the relift pumps sit to pump water into the fileds that still wet as that is a wet area that will not drain if the Mississippi is high. Farmers in Arkansas are trying to get the last of the Cotton planted this week by, (May 41st), no one really likes June Cotton. Also, if weather will alow it Wheat will be cut and Field Corn and Soybeans will be planted along I-40 across Eastern Arkansas. With this years market the mix of corn to soybeans should increase. Yields on Corn start dropping fast after June 15.