“Plating progress [of winter wheat] approaching the half way mark; 47% complete nationally,” said USDA Meteorologist, Brad Rippey. “Pretty close to the five-year average of 46% but slightly behind last year’s 50%. Most states continue to see planting progress moving along at a normal to ahead of normal pace.”
Rippey noted there are some exceptions, including the Pacific Northwest.
“Oregon remains incredibly dry. Many producers, obviously, waiting for some moisture to be able to plant. Just 19% of Oregon’s intended winter wheat acreage planted by October third. That’s one half the average pace of 38%.
Rippey continues issues are not limited to the Beaver state.
“Especially across the Northern Plains. Desperately in need of moisture for winter wheat emergence and establishment. We did get some beneficial rain in the last week further south, particularly parts of the central and southern plains.”
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