Winter Wheat Crop Condition Holds Steady

About 30% is still in the worst two categories for wheat, but in some areas there has been improvement.

Published on: Apr 8, 2013

The USDA Crop Progress Report shows that winter wheat condition is staying bout the same, but there are some signs of some improvement - though small. About 30% of the crop is still rated poor to very poor as it was last week, but 31% is now rated "good" versus 29% the week before.

It still looks like the winter wheat crop will have to a long way to get even close to where it was this time last year. A threat of deep snows for western Nebraska and Kansas could help some areas - and farmers are waiting to find out.

And cotton planting continues to roll ahead - at least in Alabama, Arizona, California and Tennessee. But planting is still running behind the five-year average with only 5% in the ground versus 7% by this time normally. And last year, 9% of the cotton was planted by now.

FOCUS ON WHEAT: All eyes are on the winter wheat crop in this weeks progress report. But cotton, rice and sorghum made planting progress.
FOCUS ON WHEAT: All eyes are on the winter wheat crop in this week's progress report. But cotton, rice and sorghum made planting progress.

Sorghum planting has begun in Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas, but is running behind the five-year average this year as well. About 16% of the crop is in the ground versus 19% normally - whether that's really statistically significant remains to be seen since key sorghum-producers like Nebraska and Kansas haven't see the planter roll yet.

Rice planting is behind average too with 17% of the crop in the ground when 20% is usually planted. However, rice emergence is running ahead of average. Warmer weather in Texas and Louisiana have made a difference there.

Keep up with crop conditions and yield estimates on the Farm Futures Statistical Tables and Charts page.