Rippey: Spring Wheat Crop Continues To Deteriorate

It should come as no surprise the national spring wheat crop is ahead of schedule when it comes to development. But, as has been the situation for months, USDA Meteorologist, Brad Rippey, said the big story remains the condition of the crop. “Incredible, just 11% of the crop rated good to excellent and we see […]

Barley Crop Hurt By Drought Condition

It’s not just spring wheat that’s suffering because of the drought. USDA Meteorologist Brad Rippey said the barley struggled as well. He noted this year’s crop finished the year 27% good to excellent, with 42% rated very poor to poor. A far cry from last year’s crop where 75% was rated good to excellent just […]

Rippey Calls Spring Wheat Conditions “Abysmal”

For most of the nation’s spring wheat growers, it’s been an abysmal growing season according to USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey. He recently noted only 16% of the national spring wheat crop is rated good to excellent, while 55% rated very poor to poor. Washington he pointed out is getting the worst of it, with 83% […]

Dry Weather Expected To Remain Across The West

USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey, says drought will continue to intensify up and down the West. “That only part of the West looking to get any meaningful precipitation in the next five to seven days will be parts of the Southwest and Southern Rockies. That will be in the form of monsoon related showers. Sometimes the […]

Rippey Looks At Progress Of U.S. Wheat Crop

As we move into mid-July, how’s the American wheat crop fairing? USDA Meteorologist, Brad Rippey, recently took a look at how the winter crop is progressing. “It shows a somewhat disappointing crop in the North but overall pretty good conditions further South. And you’ve got winter wheat crop that finishes the year 47% good to excellent […]

Midwest Wheat Farmers Report Harvest Progress

When taking a look at winter wheat nationwide, one-third of the crop has been harvested. According to USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey, that 33% figure is behind the five-year average of 40% and also off of last year’s 59% harvested at this time. But, he said, it’s worth noting that many producers made tremendous progress over […]

Spring Wheat Crop Struggling Nationwide

According to USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey, the news about the Spring Wheat crop is not good nationwide. He noted 37% of the crop is rated good to excellent, 27% very poor to poor. “That’s a decline slightly from last week’s condition of 38% and 25% respectively and a dramatic drop from last year’s 81% good […]

Rippey: Pasture Conditions Still Dire

To start the month, the USDA reported 39% of pastures and rangelands across the nation were in poor to very poor condition.  Last week, that figure improved slightly to 37%, but according to USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey, pasture and rangeland conditions remain a huge concern. He noted in several states, especially in the West, range […]

Western Drought Continues To Intensify

Despite an overall decline in drought conditions across the continental United States over the past month, drought conditions intensified across much of the west. “As we move in to the month of June we continue to see at least two thirds coverage of the two highest drought areas D3 to D4 or extreme to exceptional […]

National Pasture Conditions Improve, But Not In The Northwest

Pasture and rangeland conditions have improved across the central and southern Great Plains, thanks to abundant rainfall as of recent. “As of the 30th of May, we’re seeing the good to excellent rating 31% nationally That’s up 3% from last week, but we still see39% of the pastures and rangelands rated very poor to poor […]