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Crop Progress Report August 15, 2017

Harvest of the U.S. spring wheat crop continues at an above average pace, with some of the crop being pushed to maturity due to the hot, dry conditions. A good portion of the region received rainfall over the last week with amounts ranging from a trace to an inch. Isolated areas received up to three inches over the weekend, delaying harvest. While the rain was appreciated, it did little to relieve severe drought conditions. Forty percent of the U.S. crop has been harvested, up 16 percentage points from last week. The South Dakota crop is nearing 80 percent harvested, while harvest completion ranges from 26 to 39 percent in the other states.

Harvest reports continue to indicate more of the same. In the western regions, yields are well below average with high protein levels and some producers indicating lower test weights. In eastern growing regions, yields are at or near average with higher than average protein levels (13.5 to 16 percent) and strong test weights.

Durum conditions continue to deteriorate. In North Dakota, 44 percent of the durum is rated in poor to very poor condition, 49 percent in fair condition, and seven percent in good condition. Over half of the crop is reported to be mature. Early harvest reports indicate yields that are below average and well below last year's levels. In Montana, conditions are worse with over two-thirds of the crop rated in poor to very poor condition. About half of the crop has been harvested in Montana, well ahead of average. The harvest is being pushed along by hot, dry conditions and low yields. The current USDA yield estimate for durum is 24 bushels/acre for North Dakota and 17 bushels/acre for Montana, compared to nearly 41 bushels last year.



Crop Condition Ratings - Percent of Crop in each Condition
  V Poor Poor Fair Good Excellent Index
ND Spring - this week 19 19 27 31 4 282
ND Spring - last week 20 20 27 27 2 279
ND Durum - this week 14 30 49 7 0 243
ND Durum - last week 13 19 51 17 0 272
Minnesota -this week 1 2 10 60 27 410
Minnesota - last week 1 2 12 63 22 403
Montana - this week 46 17 26 8 3 205
Montana - last week 35 28 28 7 2 213
South Dakota - this week 41 34 17 7 1 193
South Dakota - last week 41 34 17 7 1 193
U.S. - this week 24 18 25 27 6 273
U.S. - last week 22 21 25 25 7 274
As of August 13, 2017


Percent Headed and Harvested by State
  8/13/2017 Last week Last year 5 Year Avg.
ND Spring - % headed* 97 92 98 93
ND Spring - % harvested 36 16 41 31
ND Durum - % headed 93 84 95 81
ND Durum - % harvested na na na na
Minnesota - % headed* 100 100 100 97
Minnesota - % harvested 26 9 55 45
Montana - % headed* 91 84 95 91
Montana - % harvested 39 33 34 31
South Dakota - % headed* 100 99 100 99
South Dakota - % harvested 79 65 82 59
U.S. - % headed* 96 91 99 94
U.S. - % harvested 40 24 45 35
Percent harvested as of August 13, 2107

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