Almost 20 percent of the spring wheat crop has been harvested
By Diego Flammini
U.S. farmers continue to harvest their spring wheat crops.
About 17 percent of the crop has been harvested, the USDA reported in its Weekly Weather and Crop Bulletin on Aug. 3. This number is up from 3 percent last week.
U.S. growers planted about 11.6 million acres of spring wheat in 2021, meaning farmers have harvested close to 2 million acres. For context, farmers in Montana reported planting about 2.6 million acres of spring wheat.
At the state level, farmers in South Dakota are the furthest along.
Farmers in that state have harvested about 53 percent of their 730,000 planted acres. That figure is up from 21 percent last week.
Growers in North Dakota have harvested the least amount of spring wheat as of Aug. 3.
Producers there have only harvested 6 percent of their nearly 6 million planted acres.
The Dakotas along with Idaho, Minnesota, Montana and Washington State accounted for 100 percent of last year’s spring wheat acreage.
Winter wheat harvest has almost wrapped up.
U.S. farmers have harvested 91 percent of national winter wheat acres, the USDA reported.
That number is up from 84 percent last week and ahead of the five-year-average of 86 percent.
Of the 18 recorded states, farmers in eight of them (Arkansas, California, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Texas) have completed winter wheat harvests.
Producers in Idaho have harvested the least amount of winter wheat at this point. Growers there have combined 47 percent of the state’s winter wheat acreage, the USDA reported.
The USDA will release its next Weekly Weather and Crop Bulletin on Aug. 10.