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Winter wheat condition holds for second week

The condition of the U.S. winter wheat crop held steady for the second straight week this past week.

Monday’s USDA crop progress report put the condition of the nationwide crop at 54% good to excellent as of Sunday, unchanged from a week earlier and 7 points behind last year. Crops in Kansas and Oklahoma were battered by severe weather over the weekend – including heavy snow in parts of the two states that reportedly flattened some crops. However, any damage wrought by the storms will likely only show up in next week’s condition rating.

In the main Hard Red winter state of Kansas, the condition of the crop slipped 3 points from a week earlier to 49% good to excellent as of Sunday, while the Oklahoma crop gained 3 points to 47% good to excellent. Meanwhile, the condition of the Soft Red crop in Michigan eased 1 point to 64% good to excellent and Ohio advanced a single point to 81%.

An estimated 42% of the national wheat crop was headed as of Sunday, up from 32% a week earlier and 8 points ahead of average.

The Kansas crop was 44% headed, versus 33% on average, while Oklahoma was 76% headed, up from 68% on average.

Source: DePutter Publishing Ltd.