North Dakota Wheat Commision
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Crop Progress Report July 18, 2017

The past week brought much of the same to the spring wheat growing region - hot temperatures and sporadic rainfall. While the majority of the growing region did cool off for a few days, above average temperatures returned to the western growing areas, further stressing crops. The eastern growing region had more average temperatures and crop conditions remain better, but some producers are reporting a need for rain even in those areas. Haying of wheat and other small grains is taking place in South Dakota, eastern Montana, and western North Dakota where yield potential is low and hay supplies for cattle are limited.

Crop conditions dropped slightly this week with 34 percent of the crop rated good to excellent, down one percent from last week. Another 25 percent is in fair condition and 41 percent is rated poor to very poor. Crop conditions remain highest in Minnesota where 83 percent is rated good to excellent. Crop development remains near average and 91 percent of the U.S. spring wheat has headed out. Percent of the crop turning color ranges from 26 percent in North Dakota to 82 percent in South Dakota. Harvest has begun in South Dakota with five percent of the spring wheat harvested.

Durum conditions continue to decline under the stress of hot temperatures and minimal rainfall. In North Dakota 24 percent is rated good to excellent, 38 percent is rated in fair condition, and 38 percent in poor to very poor condition. Percent of the durum headed out is at 84 percent, higher than the average of 69 percent and 12 percent is changing color. In Montana, 79 percent of the durum has headed out, ahead of average. Fifty-seven percent of the crop is rated in poor to very poor condition, with 36 percent in fair condition, and 7 percent rated good to excellent.



Crop Condition Ratings - Percent of Crop in each Condition
  V Poor Poor Fair Good Excellent Index
ND Spring - this week 21 19 28 28 4 275
ND Spring - last week 16 19 29 32 4 289
ND Durum - this week 13 25 38 22 2 275
ND Durum - last week 9 24 35 30 2 292
Minnesota -this week 0 2 15 59 24 405
Minnesota - last week 0 1 14 61 24 408
Montana - this week 31 30 23 12 4 228
Montana - last week 33 29 27 8 3 219
South Dakota - this week 41 33 18 7 1 194
South Dakota - last week 38 34 18 9 1 201
U.S. - this week 21 20 25 28 6 278
U.S. - last week 19 20 26 29 6 283
As of July 16, 2017


Percent Headed and Harvested by State
  7/16/2017 Last week Last year 5 Year Avg.
ND Spring - % headed* 92 79 98 85
ND Spring - % harvested na na na na
ND Durum - % headed 84 53 91 69
ND Durum - % harvested na na na na
Minnesota - % headed* 100 95 97 91
Minnesota - % harvested na na na na
Montana - % headed* 84 60 88 82
Montana - % harvested na na na na
South Dakota - % headed* 99 98 100 97
South Dakota - % harvested na na na na
U.S. - % headed* 91 79 95 87
U.S. - % harvested na na na na
Percent headed as of July 16, 2017


Percent Planted and Emerged by State
  6/11/17 6/4/17 6/11/16 5 Year Avg.
ND Spring - planted 96 88 97 85
ND Spring - emerged 98 92 99 87
ND Durum - planted 92 72 92 76
ND Durum - emerged 97 84 88 79
Minnesota - planted 100 99 100 92
Minnesota - emerged 100 100 100 95
Montana - planted 93 86 96 95
Montana - emerged 83 78 97 92
South Dakota - planted 100 99 100 98
South Dakota - emerged 100 100 100 98
U.S. - planted 96 90 98 91
U.S. - emerged 95 90 99 92

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