Winter wheat harvest nears end in U.S.

by World Grain staff
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WASHINGTON, D.C., U.S. — Ninety-five per cent of winter wheat in the 18 major states was harvested as of Aug. 10, compared with 90% as the five-year average, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) said in its Aug. 11 Crop Progress report. Harvest was completed in most states except the northern tier and the Pacific Northwest.

Winter wheat harvested as of Aug. 10 was 97% in Michigan (97% as the five-year average), 75% in South Dakota (88%), 98% in Nebraska (99%), 65% in Montana, (45%), 60% in Idaho (37%), 84% in Oregon (69%), 83% in Washington (50%) and 96% in California (100%).

The condition of the 2014 corn crop as of Aug. 10 was rated 73% good to excellent, 20% fair and 7% very poor to poor in the 18 major states, unchanged from the previous week, the USDA said, and compared with 64% good to excellent in the same week a year ago. In top-producing Iowa, 76% of the crop was rated good to excellent compared with 77% the previous week.

Condition of the soybean crop as of Aug. 10 in the 18 major states declined to 70% good to excellent compared with 71% the previous week and 64% a year ago, the USDA said. In top-producing Iowa, 75% was rated good to excellent compared with 74% the previous week.

Spring wheat conditions in the six major states were 70% good to excellent as of Aug. 10, the same as the previous week but up from 66% on the same date a year ago. In top-producing North Dakota, 83% of the crop was rated good to excellent compared with 84% the previous week. Six per cent of the crop was harvested as of Aug. 10 compared with 21% as the five-year average. 

The USDA said 96% of the corn crop in the 18 major states was in the silking stage, compared with 95% as the five-year average. Fifty-four per cent of the crop was in the dough stage compared with 46% as the five-year average. Eleven per cent of the crop in the 18 major states was in the dent stage, compared with 16% as the average for the date.

Ninety-two per cent of the soybean crop in the 18 major states was blooming compared with a 91% five-year average. Setting pods was 72% as of Aug. 10, compared with a 65% average.

The rice crop in the six major states was rated 73% good to excellent compared with 71% both the previous week and year ago. Seventy-one per cent of the rice crop was headed as of Aug. 10 compared with 70% as the five-year average, the USDA said.

The USDA said 52% of the oats crop in the nine major states was harvested as of Aug. 10 compared with 64% as the five-year average.

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