Rippey: Winter Wheat Crop Looks Similar To 2020

When it comes to the latest winter wheat conditions across the country, USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey said there is reason to pause. “This is probably the most concerning chart of the week, showing 44% of the crop rated as good to excellent, that is down 2% from a week ago,” Rippey noted. “22% very poor […]

Nationally, Winter Wheat Plantings Look Good

The pace of winter wheat planting remains generally on par with the five-year averages in most major production states. “In terms of winter wheat emergence, no major issues on the national scale.  74% of the crop emerged by November 7th; five-year average, 77%. Last year at this time we were at 78%,” noted USDA meteorologist […]

U.S. Facing Historic Drought Numbers

How historic has the long range drought for the United States been? “We have seen drought in a very narrow range.  46-48% of the country has been covered by drought each week since mid-June of 2021.  So we’re going on almost 5 months of that kind of drought coverage.” USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey said it […]

It Will Take Time For Pastures To Recover, Says Rippey

This year’s last look at pasture and rangeland conditions reflects the impact of the drought across the northern plains and the west. “Even though soil moisture has improved, it does take a considerable amount of time to recover,” said USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey. “Especially this time of year when the temperatures are lower; the days […]

Winter Wheat Plantings Are Looking Good Rippey Notes

When it comes to winter wheat plantings nationwide, 87% of the crop is in the ground. “We did have some delays early on due to dryness, but now, at this point in the planting season, we see all 18 production states within 10% either side of the 5-year average,” said USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey. “Now […]

PNW Pasture Conditions Remain Poor

When it comes to poor pasture and rangelands conditions, Montana is the leader nationwide. “We see quite a long list of states running anywhere from 70 to 85% very poor to poor.  That list includes all three Pacific Coast states; Washington, Oregon, California. Along with Nevada and the Dakota’s still on that list.” USDA meteorologist, […]

Winter Wheat Plantings Near Average Nationwide

When looking at the pace of winter wheat plantings nationwide, USDA’s meteorologist Brad Rippey said while this year is close to average, numbers are still off last year’s pace. “In fact, identical.  80% is the planted number for October 24th.  That matches the five year average.  Four points behind last year, however.  84% on October […]

Winter Wheat Planting Progressing Nicely Across The U.S.

“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, […]

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 […]

Northwest Remains In Wildfire Crisis

The Northwest remains in a wildfire crisis. “There has been an increase in wildfire activity across northern California in particular over the last several days as we’ve seen southwesterly to westerly winds blowing pretty hard across some of the wildfire areas in the Sierra Nevada.” USDA Meteorologist, Brad Rippey, said he expects this difficult weather […]