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Winter Wheat Condition Gives Back Previous Week’s Gains

After gaining 3 points the previous week, the condition of the US winter wheat crop declined an identical amount this past week. 

Monday’s USDA crop progress report put the 2024 US winter wheat crop at 47% good to excellent as of Sunday, down from 50% the previous week and now back on par with the initial rating of the season three weeks ago. However, the condition of the crop remains well above just 32% good to excellent at this time last year. 

The condition of the Kansas and Oklahoma crops were unchanged on the week at 31% and 49% good to excellent, versus just 24% and 19% last year. 

However, the condition of the Soft Red crops in the Great Lakes region ticked higher. The Michigan crop was up 2 points from a week earlier to 43% good to excellent, compared to 65% a year ago, and Ohio – still the No. 1 rated crop in the nation – was up 5 points to 86% good to excellent, well above 55% last year. 

Across the country, an estimated 93% of the winter wheat crop was planted as of Sunday, up 3 points from the previous week and on par with the five-year average. The national crop was 81% emerged as of Sunday, up from 75% a week earlier and a single point ahead of last year and the average. 

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