Wheat Flip Flop: update on winter and spring wheat conditions
Spring and winter wheat have done a major flip flop this year.
At this time a year ago, only 20 percent of U.S. spring wheat was rated good to excellent. This year though, according to the latest Crop Progress Report, 59 percent is already in the top category with just 8 percent rated poor to very poor. Last year, winter wheat was looking really good with 48 percent in good condition, but now, only 30 percent is in that category and 43 percent is poor, showing no change from last week.
“The other thing that hasn’t changed from last week is that all seven major plains production states continue to show more than one-fifth of the crop rated very poor to poor,” according to USDA’s Brad Rippey.
He also states that ranges from 21 percent in South Dakota to 83 percent in Texas.