USDA Weekly Crop Progress Report - Winter Wheat Condition Drops

OMAHA (DTN) -- After rising the previous week, winter wheat conditions fell last week, according to the USDA NASS weekly Crop Progress report released on Monday.

NASS estimated that 43% of the U.S. winter wheat crop was in good-to-excellent condition as of Sunday, Nov. 22. That is down 3 percentage points from 46% the previous week and is below 52% at the same time a year ago.

"The lowest ratings continue to be found in the hard red winter wheat areas of the southwestern U.S. Plains," said DTN Lead Analyst Todd Hultman. "Kansas is at 29% good to excellent, Colorado is 17%, Texas is 24% and Nebraska is at 39%."

An estimated 89% of winter wheat had emerged as of Sunday, up 4 percentage points from the previous week and 1 percentage point ahead of the five-year average of 88%.

NASS was no longer reporting row-crop harvest in Monday's report. Sorghum harvest was estimated at 97% complete, and cotton harvest was estimated at 77% finished.

NASS will release its final national Crop Progress report of 2020 next Monday, Nov. 30.

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