Rippey: Winter Wheat Plantings Slightly Ahead Of Average

According to USDA Meteorologist Brad Rippey, 34% of the winter wheat crop in the ground nationwide which is a head of the typical pace. And some of the driest states he noted have the quickest planting progress.

“Washington state, for example, 67% planted and then following that we have Nebraska; 61% planted. Also, more than half the intended acreage has been planted in South Dakota, Colorado, and Idaho.”

Rippey noted that moisture is badly needed. 

“It is just simply so dry in some areas that it is holding back planting progress. Oregon, one of those states  only 10% of the acreage planted by September 26th. 5-year average is 23%.”

Meanwhile, Rippey noted winter wheat emergence in on par for last year.

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