While The Northwest Is Dry, Winter Wheat Conditions Look Good Nationally

Drought continues to impact the winter wheat crop here in the Northwest.
But for the most part, the crop, nationally looks good.
USDA Meteorologist, Brad Rippey.

“Overall, 46% of the winter wheat rated good to excellent,” said USDA Meteorologist, Brad Rippey. “That is up a point from last week. 18% very poor to poor that is also up a point from last week so a little bit of a mixed bag on the conditions, both good and excellent and very poor to poor increasing slightly.”

Rippey noted while it is dry in Oregon and Washington, two of the top trouble spots are Colorado and Texas.

“Last year at this time the crop was rated a little bit better at 52% good to excellent and 14% very poor to poor,” Rippey said. “This is the overall lowest winter wheat condition rating for this time of year since the drought year of 2012.”

Rippey continued that 96% of the nation’s winter wheat has been planted, while 85% of it has emerged. 

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