USDA Weekly Crop Progress Report

Crop Progress: Winter Wheat Condition Tied for Lowest Rating in 40 Years

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By  Anthony Greder , DTN/Progressive Farmer Content Manager
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This article was originally posted at 3:05 p.m. CDT on Monday, April 10. It was last updated with additional information at 3:30 p.m. CDT on Monday, April 10.


OMAHA (DTN) -- U.S. winter wheat condition, already the lowest in decades, dropped another point last week, USDA NASS reported in its weekly Crop Progress Report on Monday.


-- Crop condition: Nationwide, winter wheat was rated 27% good to excellent, down 1 percentage point from 28% the previous week and 5 percentage points below last year's rating at this time of 32%. The current rating is tied with 1996 for the lowest in four decades, noted DTN Lead Analyst Todd Hultman. The crop in the top winter wheat-producer Kansas is rated only 13% good to excellent.

-- Crop development: 7% of winter wheat was headed nationwide as of Sunday. That's 2 percentage points ahead of last year's 5% and 3 percentage points ahead of the five-year average of 4%.


-- Planting progress: Corn planting moved ahead just 1 percentage point last week to reach 3% as of Sunday, May 9. That is 1 percentage point ahead of both last year and the five-year average. Texas leads the way at 61% planted, ahead of its average pace of 58%. Missouri's corn was 7% planted, ahead of the state's average of 3%.


-- Planting progress: 1% of spring wheat crop was planted, down from the five-year average of 4% with some early progress in Washington.

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.


Editor's Note: How are your crops looking? Are they better, worse or right on track with USDA NASS' observations this week? Send us your comments, and we'll include them in next week's Crop Progress report story. You can email comments to or direct message him on Twitter @AGrederDTN. Please include the location of where you farm.

National Crop Progress Summary
This Last Last 5-Year
Week Week Year Avg.
Corn Planted 3 2 2 2
Cotton Planted 6 4 7 7
Winter Wheat Headed 7 6 5 4
Spring Wheat Planted 1 NA 6 4
Sorghum Planted 13 13 14 15
Barley Planted 1 NA 10 8
Oats Planted 28 25 28 29
Oats Emerged 25 24 23 24
Rice Planted 22 17 16 20
Rice Emerged 13 10 9 11


National Crop Condition Summary
(VP=Very Poor; P=Poor; F=Fair; G=Good; E=Excellent)
This Week Last Week Last Year
Winter Wheat 17 20 36 24 3 16 20 36 25 3 18 18 32 29 3

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