USDA Weekly Crop Progress Report

Winter Wheat Condition Drops

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This article was originally posted at 3:12 p.m. CST on Monday, Nov. 23. It was last updated at 3:29 p.m. CDT on Monday, Nov. 23.


OMAHA (DTN) -- After rising the previous week, winter wheat conditions fell last week, according to the USDA NASS weekly Crop Progress report released on Monday.

NASS estimated that 43% of the U.S. winter wheat crop was in good-to-excellent condition as of Sunday, Nov. 22. That is down 3 percentage points from 46% the previous week and is below 52% at the same time a year ago.

"The lowest ratings continue to be found in the hard red winter wheat areas of the southwestern U.S. Plains," said DTN Lead Analyst Todd Hultman. "Kansas is at 29% good to excellent, Colorado is 17%, Texas is 24% and Nebraska is at 39%."

An estimated 89% of winter wheat had emerged as of Sunday, up 4 percentage points from the previous week and 1 percentage point ahead of the five-year average of 88%.

NASS was no longer reporting row-crop harvest in Monday's report. Sorghum harvest was estimated at 97% complete, and cotton harvest was estimated at 77% finished.

NASS will release its final national Crop Progress report of 2020 next Monday, Nov. 30.


To view weekly crop progress reports issued by National Ag Statistics Service offices in individual states, visit…. Look for the U.S. map in the "Find Data and Reports by" section and choose the state you wish to view in the drop-down menu. Then look for that state's "Crop Progress & Condition" report.

National Crop Progress Summary
This Last Last 5-Year
Week Week Year Avg.
Winter Wheat Emerged 89 85 86 88
Cotton Harvested 77 69 75 71
Sorghum Harvested 97 94 96 92


National Crop Condition Summary
(VP=Very Poor; P=Poor; F=Fair; G=Good; E=Excellent)
This Week Last Week Last Year
Winter wheat 6 15 36 37 6 5 13 36 41 5 4 10 34 41 11

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