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Weekly Wheat Update

Weekly Wheat Update

Every Tuesday during the growing season (generally April through September), the North Dakota Wheat Commission issues a weekly wheat report report to update buyers on growing conditions, yield potential, crop health, disease concerns, quality, etc.  The Commission utilizes the USDA NASS weekly crop progress reports and crop reports from producers, elevators, extension agents and agronomists to develop the report.

Weekly Wheat Update August 15, 2022

While spring wheat harvest has officially began in North Dakota, progress so far has been minimal and a bit slow.  More harvest activity should start in the next week or so as the crop ripens more and dries out.  Some producers are still 2-3 weeks away from beginning harvest.  This week’s USDA Crop Progress report indicated that about 5% of the North Dakota spring wheat had been harvested.  The crop that has been harvested was planted early, before the rains and snow delayed planting, and likely has some of the higher yield potential.  Reported yields have been good so far with producers seeing average to slightly above average yields.  With only a small portion harvested, more accurate reports will be available in the weeks to come.  Protein levels so far have been at least 14% and test weights have been strong.  Quick rain showers, high humidity and heavy morning dews have delayed drying in some areas.  Crop condition ratings dropped slightly in the state with 72% of the crop rated in good to excellent condition.
Spring wheat in southeast North Dakota nearing maturity.

Harvest has progressed more rapidly in other spring wheat states.  The South Dakota crop is now about 72% harvested as dry harvest weather has allowed for good harvest pace.  In Montana, just over a fourth of the spring wheat has been harvested and about 12% has been harvested in Minnesota.  Overall, 16% of the U.S. spring wheat crop has been harvested, compared to 35% on average.
Durum harvest is also underway.  The North Dakota Crop Progress report indicated that about 10% of the state’s durum has been harvested, primarily in the southwest portion of the state.  This is close to the average pace, but behind last year’s pace of 28%.  No producer harvest reports are available yet.  Of the remaining crop, 47% is mature and 70% is starting to turn color.  Crop condition ratings dropped slightly this week with 74% of the durum rated in good to excellent condition.  Durum harvest is slightly more advanced in Montana at 19% complete, slightly behind the average of 26%.
Wheat Harvested by State    8/14/22  Last Week   Last Year   5 yr. Avg
ND HRS  5 0 45 29
ND Durum 10 0 28 13
MT Durum 19 9 28 26
Minnesota HRS 12 2 90 42
Montana HRS 26 22 51 34
South Dakota HRS 72 54 79 68
U.S. HRS 14 6 61 39
As of August 14, 2022        
Condition VP P Fair Good Exc Total
ND HRS 0 2 26 62 10 380
ND Durum 0 2 24 71 3 375
MT Durum 1 3 59 34 3 335
MN HRS 0 0 20 76 4 384
MT HRS 0 14 48 38 0 324
SD HRS 6 17 30 45 2 320
US HRS 0 6 30 58 6 364
US HRS 21 28 35 26 10 1 221
As of Aug 14, 2022  

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