Spring wheat planting slows while winter wheat harvest kicks off
It is getting late to plant spring wheat in the Northern Plains. In Minnesota, one of the top three spring wheat-producing states, farmers are starting to wrap up planting.
USDA shows 65 percent seeded, up 12 points from the last report. Winter wheat is heading into harvest and progressing slightly behind the average pace. USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey breaks down some details.
“Showing 5 percent of the acreage has been cut. Fiver-year average is 6 percent; we’re at 30 percent good to excellent. A one-point improvement from last week. Steady at 40 percent very poor to poor,” Rippey explains.
In Texas, which is ranked fifth for wheat production, 82 percent of the winter wheat is rated poor to very poor.