MANDAN, N.D. — The past week brought much of the same to the spring wheat growing region – hot temperatures and sporadic rainfall. While the majority of the growing region did cool off for a few days, above average temperatures returned to the western growing areas, further stressing crops. The eastern growing region had more average temperatures and crop conditions remain better, but some producers are reporting a need for rain even in those areas. Haying of wheat and other small grains is taking place in South Dakota, eastern Montana, and western North Dakota where yield potential is low and hay supplies for cattle are limited.
Crop conditions dropped slightly this week with 34 percent of the crop rated good to excellent, down one percent from last week. Another 25 percent is in fair condition and 41 percent is rated poor to very poor. Crop conditions remain highest in Minnesota where 83 percent is rated good to excellent. Crop development remains near average and 91 percent of the U.S. spring wheat has headed out. Percent of the crop turning color ranges from 26 percent in North Dakota to 82 percent in South Dakota. Harvest has begun in South Dakota with five percent of the spring wheat harvested.
Durum conditions continue to decline under the stress of hot temperatures and minimal rainfall. In North Dakota 24 percent is rated good to excellent, 38 percent is rated in fair condition, and 38 percent in poor to very poor condition. Percent of the durum headed out is at 84 percent, higher than the average of 69 percent and 12 percent is changing color. In Montana, 79 percent of the durum has headed out, ahead of average. Fifty-seven percent of the crop is rated in poor to very poor condition, with 36 percent in fair condition, and 7 percent rated good to excellent.
— North Dakota Wheat Commission
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