USDA Weekly Crop Progress - Winter Wheat Condition Worsens

OMAHA (DTN) -- U.S. winter wheat condition worsened last week, according to USDA's latest weekly Crop Progress report issued Monday.

For the week ended April 8, 2018, winter wheat was rated only 30% in good-to-excellent condition, down 2 percentage points from 32% the previous week and well below 53% at the same time last year. It is the crop's lowest good-to-excellent rating in over 20 years.

Thirty-five percent of winter wheat was rated poor to very poor, up 5 percentage points from 30% the previous week and well above 13% last year.

Based on USDA's condition ratings, DTN's Winter Wheat Index was 50, the lowest rating back to at least 1996-97, said DTN Analyst Todd Hultman.

USDA also reported national corn planting progress for this first time this season. As of Sunday, 2% of corn was planted, down 1 percentage point from last year but equal to the five-year average.

Sorghum was 17% planted, compared to 18% last year and a 15% five-year average. Oats were 27% planted as of April 8, compared to 32% last year and a 34% average. Emergence was at 25%, compared to 26% last year and a 27% average.

Cotton planting was 7% complete, compared to 6% last year and a 5% average. Rice was 21% planted, compared to 29% last year and a 22% average. Eleven percent of rice was emerged.

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