Spring Wheat Plantings Off Nationally

Spring wheat plantings remain significantly behind schedule nationwide. According to USDA, roughly 39% of this year’s crop was in the ground on Sunday [May 15th], well off the five-year-average of 67%. Brad Rippey meteorologist with the USDA said amid the drought last year, 83% of the spring wheat crop had been planted by this week […]

Winter Wheat Crop Looks Bad Nationwide As Discussions Of Abandonment Increase

The condition of the national winter wheat crop continues to drop. “[Nationally] 27% good to excellent, 41% very poor to poor,” noted USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey. “A week ago we were sitting at 29% and 39% respectively.” Rippey noted over the past week, winter wheat conditions improved slightly in Montana and Colorado, but many of […]

Pasture & Rangeland Conditions Near Record Levels

It is the lowest US pasture and rangeland conditions in the 21st century. “This breaks the record that was set just last year.  And previously our lowest spring pattern rangeland conditions occurred in the wake of the great 2012 drought in the Spring of 2013.” USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey says that’s despite improvements in the […]

Cold PNW Weather Concerns USDA Officials

Since mid-April, the Pacific Northwest has experienced abnormally cold weather. “This is a continuation of a weather pattern that we saw developing during the month of April when it was quite chilly all the way from the Pacific Northwest into the Great Lakes region,” noted USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey. Multiple mornings it’s a frost and […]

Dry, Wet Conditions Holding Back Spring Wheat Plantings

When it comes to spring wheat plantings across the country, USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey said there is a wide contrast in conditions, including from lingering drought in the west, to extraordinarily wet and flooding conditions in the east. He noted that is, overall, holding back planting progress. Rippey said currently 19% of this year’s planting […]

Winter Wheat Crop Continues To Struggle Nationwide

For the beleaguered winter wheat crop in some of the southern drought areas, “It’s quickly becoming the point of no return,” according to USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey. He added the current crop raitings are just terrible for this time of year. “We just see 27% of the U.S. wheat crop rated good to excellent, that […]

Rippey: More Problems For U.S. Winter Wheat

We’ve been talking for some time now about the struggles before the nation’s winter wheat crop. USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey said the numbers from April 11 show that, 36% of the nation’s Winter wheat is rated at poor to very poor condition. “The highest amount of acreage rated very poor to poor at this time […]

USDA: Winter Wheat Crop Struggling Nationwide

The wheat crop nationwide is facing a variety of challenges this year. “For weeks now we’ve been watching the status of winter wheat and the poor condition across the central and southern great plains and despite a fairly stormy week last week, it’s not surprising that we still have some significant issues with winter wheat […]

Dry Conditions Across The Southern Plains Hurting The Nation’s Wheat Crop

Dry conditions are expected to continue in several areas of the country. “We do have some limited updates from the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.  Weekly state reports for the week ending March 6th indicating that topsoil moisture is rated 81% very short to short in Kansas and Texas,” USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey says Oklahoma […]

California Continues To Deal With Record Dryness

The past two months has produced record setting dryness in lower elevations of northern and central California moving into the Great Basin. “Downtown San Francisco, with records going back to the beginning of the gold rush, San Francisco experiencing its driest January/February on record with just under 2/3 of an inch of rainfall,” said USDA […]