Winter wheat harvest 1% complete, condition declines

by Ron Sterk
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WASHINGTON — Harvest of the U.S. winter wheat crop was 1% completed as of June 3, behind 7% last year and 4% as the 2002-06 average for the date, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said in its latest weekly Crop Progress report (click here to read report).

The condition of the winter wheat crop declined, with 53% rated good to excellent, down from 57% a week earlier but far better than 27% a year ago, the U.S.D.A. said. Good to excellent ratings declined in the hard winter wheat states of Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado, Oklahoma and Texas, and in the major soft winter wheat states of Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio.

The condition of the corn crop was unchanged from a week earlier with 78% rated good to excellent and compared with 71% last year. Ninety-four per cent of the crop had emerged, compared with 88% as the five-year average.

In its first comprehensive condition rating for the 18 major soybean growing states, the U.S.D.A. said 71% of the crop was rated good to excellent, about even with 70% on the same date last year. The crop was 88% planted as of June 3, ahead of 81% as the five-year average, and 70% emerged, well ahead of 56% as the average.

The spring wheat crop in the six major states improved, with 85% rated good to excellent, up from 79% a week earlier, and compared with 69% last year.

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