Domestic wheat situation and outlook: 2011 crop conditions vary widely across the country

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USDA’s National Agricultural Statistical Service’s (NASS) June 6 Crop Progress reported that 34 percent of the winter wheat crop is rated good to excellent and 44 percent was rated poor to very poor. A year ago at this time, 66 percent of the winter wheat crop was rated good to excellent and only 9 percent was rated poor to very poor. The reason the 2011 winter wheat crop conditions are worse than a year ago is because of the persistent lack of moisture on the Central and Southern Plains.

Conditions are the worst in Texas and Oklahoma, but Colorado and Kansas are also not in good shape. In Texas and Oklahoma, 79 percent and 77 percent, respectively, of the wheat crop is rated poor to very poor. In these two States, 0 percent of their crops are rated excellent. In Kansas and Colorado, 54 percent and 31 percent, respectively, of the wheat crop is rated poor to very poor. Thirteen percent of the Nebraska crop is rated poor to very poor.

Until recently, the conditions for most SRW States were much better than on the Plains.

However, excessive moisture and flooding have sharply impacted crops in Arkansas and Missouri. The percentage of the crops in Arkansas and Missouri rated poor to very poor are 26 percent and 29 percent, respectively. Illinois, Indiana, North Carolina, and Ohio average 63 percent of their crops rating good to excellent. Conditions are even better in the Pacific Northwest. Idaho, Oregon, and Washington average 80 percent of their crops rating good to excellent.



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