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USDA Crop Progress: Wheat Crop Improves.

USDA Crop Progress Report

According to USDA, the winter wheat crop condition rating improved slightly last week but remains well below year ago levels.

As of Sunday, 36% of the crop is in good to excellent condition, up 2% on the week but down 25% from this time last year. 34% of winter wheat is rated fair, while 30% is in poor to very poor shape.

35% of this year’s oat crop has been planted, compared to 58% a year ago and the five year average of 41% and 31% has emerged, compared to 36% last year and 32% on average.

Rice is 17% planted, compared to 35% a year ago and 20% on average, with 9% emerged, compared to 8% last year and 5% on average.

5% of cotton is planted, compared to 9% a year ago and 7% on average, and 16% of sorghum has been planted, compared to 19% both this time last year and on the five year average.

USDA’s next national crop progress report is out Monday, April 15 at 4 PM Eastern/3 PM Central.

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