Rippey: Spring Wheat Plantings Off Nationally

When it comes to Spring wheat, plantings here in the Northwest are in good shape, but the rest of the country continues to struggle. USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey said nationally, 14% of the intended spring wheat acreage is in the ground. This he noted while ahead of last year’s 11%, the 2020 crop is off the five year average, of 29%.

“Currently, Washington state 88% planted well ahead of the 5 year average of 63%. But in North Dakota just 5% planted versus 18% on average. Much better in Minnesota 6% planted versus 30% on average.”

When it comes to emergence, Rippey noted only 4% of the crop is emerged, which is the same figure we saw a year ago, but is off the five year average of 7%.

“And Washington state no surprise leads the nation in spring wheat emergence 60% compared to 5 year average of just 24%.”

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