Spring wheat planting nearing finish line


Spring wheat planting nearing finish line

Spring wheat planting is nearing completion.

The USDA reports as of Sunday, 81% of the crop is planted nationwide, compared to 80% last year and the five-year average of 90%.

USDA Meteorologist Brad Rippey says all states including South Dakota are at least 90% planted except for Minnesota at 86% and North Dakota at 70%, which is pulling down the national number.

“We saw planting advance from 41% to 70% complete during the week ending May 24th, however that remains far behind the five-year average of 88%.”

He says late planting and cold weather have also slowed emergence. Only 51% of the crop has emerged, ahead of last year, but still behind the average of 65%.

Ideally, spring wheat should emerge by June 1st to preserve top end yield potential.

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