USDA Meteorologist, Brad Rippey, said recently cool weather has hampered winter wheat crop progress nationwide.
“Overall, 56% of the US winter wheat headed on May 17th, that is behind the five year average of 62%, but slightly ahead of last year’s 51%,” the USDA meteorologist noted.
Kansas and Nebraska are two states he mentioned where winter wheat heading is behind the five year average.
“Winter what condition we have seen a stabilization following the mid-April freezes the condition is quite a bit lower than that time.”
Nationwide, winter wheat condition is 52% good to excellent and 16% very poor to poor which is similar to last week.
“We continue to see a combination of drought and freeze injury effecting the crop across parts of central and southern great plains.”
He especially raised concern about winter wheat in Oregon and Colorado.
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