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USDA Weekly Crop Progress *AUDIO* | Rural Radio Network

USDA Weekly Crop Progress *AUDIO*

USDA Weekly Crop Progress *AUDIO*

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OMAHA (DTN) — U.S. winter wheat appears to be starting off the 2018 growing season in the worst condition in over a decade, according to USDA’s first weekly Crop Progress report issued Monday.

For the week ended April 1, 2018, winter wheat was rated only 32% in good-to-excellent condition, well below 51% at the same time last year and the lowest good-to-excellent rating since 2002.

Based on USDA’s condition ratings, DTN’s Winter Wheat Index was 65, also the lowest rating since 2002. Top winter-wheat-producing state Kansas reported only 10% of its crop in good-to-excellent condition.

Meanwhile, for the crops USDA included in its report this week, planting was progressing at a near-average pace. Sorghum was 9% planted, compared to 13% last year and an 11% five-year average. Cotton planting was 7% complete, compared to 3% last year and a 3% average. Rice was 17% planted, compared to 15% last year and a 13% average.

Oats were 26% planted as of April 1, compared to 24% last year and a 29% average. Emergence was at 25%, compared to 21% last year and a 25% average.

Nationwide, based on reports from 48 states, topsoil moisture was rated 24% very short to short compared to 14% last year and 76% adequate to surplus compared to 86% last year. Subsoil moisture was rated 28% short to very short compared to 19% last year and 72% adequate to surplus compared to 81% last year.

National Crop Progress Summary
This Last Last 5-Year
Week Week Year Avg.
Cotton Planted 7 NA 3 3
Sorghum Planted 9 NA 13 11
Oats Planted 26 NA 24 29
Oats Emerged 25 NA 21 25
Rice Planted 17 NA 15 13
Rice Emerged 6 NA 6 4
National Crop Condition Summary
(VP=Very Poor; P=Poor; F=Fair; G=Good; E=Excellent)
This Week Last Week Last Year
Winter Wheat 11 19 38 28 4 NA NA NA NA NA 3 11 35 45 6


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