According to USDA data 92 percent of winter wheat in the 18 top producing states is emerged with 52 percent of the crop in good or excellent condition.

Winter wheat development is on pace with the 2006-2010 average and one percent behind 2010. Winter wheat in Idaho, Michigan, Nebraska and South Dakota are 100 percent emerged and several more states are at 97 percent emerged or higher.

Winter wheat quality is ahead of the previous year. This week’s report shows 45 percent of winter wheat in good condition and another 7 percent in excellent condition. California has the highest percentage in excellent condition with 60 percent followed by Oregon with 22 percent. Illinois has best percentage of wheat receiving a “good” rating with 73 percent followed by Idaho and Washington each with 72 percent.