7” of Rain is Rough on Crop Progress


Sometimes scattered and sometimes not-so-scattered rainfall over the past week did not help out our already behind crop progress situation.  Precipitation accumulation over the past week ranged from .01”at Lake Yellowstone, Wyoming to 7.13” in Ekalaka, Montana.

The following crop progress recaps are based on numbers coming from the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service Field Offices in each state.  They represent progress in the fields as of this past Sunday, May 22.

Montana:  Twelve percent of farmers still report they have not  been able to start field work. Winter wheat conditions improved from last week with 72{dfeadfe70caf58f453a47791a362966239aaa64624c42b982d70b175f7e3dda2} good to excellent compared to 66{dfeadfe70caf58f453a47791a362966239aaa64624c42b982d70b175f7e3dda2} last week.  All winter wheat has come out of dormancy with 93{dfeadfe70caf58f453a47791a362966239aaa64624c42b982d70b175f7e3dda2} greening and growing.  Barley is 67{dfeadfe70caf58f453a47791a362966239aaa64624c42b982d70b175f7e3dda2} planted and 83{dfeadfe70caf58f453a47791a362966239aaa64624c42b982d70b175f7e3dda2} of sugarbeets are in the ground.  Spring wheat seeing is 49{dfeadfe70caf58f453a47791a362966239aaa64624c42b982d70b175f7e3dda2} complete compared to the five-year average of 90{dfeadfe70caf58f453a47791a362966239aaa64624c42b982d70b175f7e3dda2}.  See full report…

Wyoming:  Barley planting, at 90{dfeadfe70caf58f453a47791a362966239aaa64624c42b982d70b175f7e3dda2} complete, remains above average with emergence slightly ahead of last year.  Seventy percent of oats have been planted.  Sixty-three percent of this year’s projected spring wheat acres are in the ground.  This is only 5{dfeadfe70caf58f453a47791a362966239aaa64624c42b982d70b175f7e3dda2} behind last year and 12{dfeadfe70caf58f453a47791a362966239aaa64624c42b982d70b175f7e3dda2} behind the five-year average.  However, the percent of the crop that has emerged, 15{dfeadfe70caf58f453a47791a362966239aaa64624c42b982d70b175f7e3dda2}, is sharply behind the 44{dfeadfe70caf58f453a47791a362966239aaa64624c42b982d70b175f7e3dda2} average.  Seventy-nine percent of sugarbeets have been planted.  See full report…

South Dakota:  Dry weather early in the week allowed for some crop progress before the weekend rains.  The winter wheat crop is now rated at 81{dfeadfe70caf58f453a47791a362966239aaa64624c42b982d70b175f7e3dda2} good-to-excellent.  Twenty-five percent of that winter wheat is in the boot stage.  South Dakota farmers have seeded 89{dfeadfe70caf58f453a47791a362966239aaa64624c42b982d70b175f7e3dda2} of the projected spring wheat crop.  While this isn’t trailing last year’s numbers by too much, the 51{dfeadfe70caf58f453a47791a362966239aaa64624c42b982d70b175f7e3dda2} that has emerged is dramatically behind the 87{dfeadfe70caf58f453a47791a362966239aaa64624c42b982d70b175f7e3dda2} five-year average.  See full report…

North Dakota:  Similar to South Dakota, dry weather during part of the week allowed for some much-needed progress in North Dakota.  Twenty-one percent of barley has been planted compared to last year’s 86{dfeadfe70caf58f453a47791a362966239aaa64624c42b982d70b175f7e3dda2}.  Durum planting, at 6{dfeadfe70caf58f453a47791a362966239aaa64624c42b982d70b175f7e3dda2} complete as of this past Sunday, is dramatically behind the five-year, 71{dfeadfe70caf58f453a47791a362966239aaa64624c42b982d70b175f7e3dda2} average.  Spring wheat is 34{dfeadfe70caf58f453a47791a362966239aaa64624c42b982d70b175f7e3dda2} seeded, down from the five-year average of 85{dfeadfe70caf58f453a47791a362966239aaa64624c42b982d70b175f7e3dda2}.  Only 9{dfeadfe70caf58f453a47791a362966239aaa64624c42b982d70b175f7e3dda2} of the crop has emerged at a time when 58{dfeadfe70caf58f453a47791a362966239aaa64624c42b982d70b175f7e3dda2} of it is normally above ground.  See full report…


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Haylie Shipp



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