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Wheat Condition Shows Weakness Vs. 2012

For week ending March 31, winter wheat is showing signs of stress.

Published on: Apr 2, 2013

The latest Crop Progress report from USDA shows the impact of drought on the 2013 Winter Wheat crop. The report shows that for the 18 key states, 30% of the crop is poor and very poor versus 12% at the same time last year.

Key states showing poor and very poor conditions include Colorado with 42%; Kansas with 29%; Nebraska at 49%; South Dakota at 76% in the categories; Texas at 49%; and Oklahoma at 33%.

Lingering drought conditions - which put those areas in Severe or Extremely Severe on the U.S. Drought map - show the impact on winter wheat. Eastern states that are getting some rain show it in this report with Ohio at 56% good to excellent; Washington at 72%; California at 95%; Idaho at 59%; Michigan at 55%.

SLOW START: Itll be some time before the wheat crop greens up like this photo, and given current crop condition reports, the yield could take a hit.
SLOW START: It'll be some time before the wheat crop greens up like this photo, and given current crop condition reports, the yield could take a hit.

Sorghum planting has started as well with the 11 reporting states at 16% but only two states are reporting plantings with Louisiana at 36% and Texas at 40% planted. Arkansas, which is usually right in there, is behind this year.

Rice planting is under way too, running just about average with Louisiana at 61% planted, Mississippi reporting 1% and Texas at 50%. Arkansas, California and Missouri are not reporting any planted acres for these crops at this time.

Drought-related impacts may be seen later this month when frost leaves corn and soybean country and machinery begins to roll. We'll update crop progress each week as the 2013 season gets under way.

Keep up on crop condition rations and yield projections at the Farm Futures data page.