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Hard Red Spring Wheat Planting Lags Across Region
USAgNet - 05/15/2019

Warmer, drier conditions prevailed over much of the hard red spring wheat region over the last week, allowing for decent planting progress. According to the weekly USDA Crop Progress report, planting in all of the four major producing states advanced an average of 25 percentage points. On a national average, 45 percent of the U.S. spring wheat crop is in the ground, still behind last year's pace and the five-year average.

In North Dakota, 37 percent of the acres have been planted compared to 58 percent on average and 47 percent last year. Some producers in the state report being done with spring wheat planting, while others are just getting started. Progress is quite variable depending on location. The week ahead shows warm, dry conditions until the weekend when chances of precipitation are forecast.

In Minnesota, 35 percent of the acres have been planted compared to 68 percent in the five-year average and 58 percent in 2018.

In South Dakota, producers reported 46 percent of acreas planted, behind last year's 75 percent and well behind the five-year average of 88 percent.

Spring wheat emergence is also behind average with about 10 percent of the U.S. crop emerged, similar to last year, but behind the five-year average of 34 percent. In North Dakota, only about 2 percent of the crop has emerged.

Planting of the durum crop also made good progress last week with the improved weather conditions. Planting of the North Dakota durum crop advanced from 7 to 25 percent complete over the last week, near last year's pace, but behind the average of 35 percent.

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