MANDAN, N.D. — Last week, warmer drier conditions allowed good planting progress in North Dakota. Producers in North Dakota now have about two-thirds of their spring wheat in the ground, up from 37 percent last week, but still behind both last year’s pace and the five-year average of 74 percent. The weekend brought rain to many areas and even snow to the southwest part of the state, stalling fieldwork in those areas. Unfortunately the wet conditions look to persist this week which will cause planting delays for some producers. In other areas, particularly the north central part of the state, producers could use moisture as that area has missed much of the recent precipitation.
Nationally, 70 percent of the spring wheat has been planted, compared to 76 percent last year and 80 percent on average. Percent of the crop planted by state ranges from 66 percent in North Dakota to 76 percent in Minnesota.
The cool conditions have also slowed emergence. In North Dakota less than 20 percent of the spring wheat has emerged, compared to 27 percent last year and 42 percent on average. The forecast for the week ahead shows below average temperatures. Across the region, about a quarter of the spring wheat has emerged, compared to 51 percent on average.
Producers in North Dakota have about half of their intended durum acres planted, slightly behind last year’s pace and the five year average. Similar to spring wheat, the cool, wet conditions have slowed emergence. About 7 percent of the durum has emerged compared to 26 percent on average. The forecast for the durum regions looks to be cool in the next week with chances of precipitation.
Percent Planted and Emerged by State
|Wheat Type||5/19/2019||Last week||Last year||5 Year Avg.|
|ND Spring – % planted*||66||37||74||74|
|ND Spring – % emerged||18||2||27||42|
|ND Durum – % planted*||53||25||57||59|
|ND Durum – % emerged||7||n/a||15||26|
|Minnesota – % planted*||76||35||81||80|
|Minnesota – % emerged||17||2||36||57|
|Montana – % planted*||69||55||63||82|
|Montana – % emerged||32||22||24||49|
|South Dakota – % planted*||70||46||92||94|
|South Dakota – % emerged||29||9||58||72|
|U.S. – % planted*||70||45||76||80|
|U.S. – % emerged||26||10||34||51|
|As of May 19, 2019|
— North Dakota Wheat Commission
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