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Crop Progress Report April 21, 2015

Producers were able to make good planting progress of the spring wheat crop due to warm, dry conditions much of last week. Currently about 36 percent of the U.S. spring wheat crop has been planted, well above the five-year average of 19 percent. Significant progress was made in Minnesota where two-thirds of the crop has been planted, up from 20 percent the previous week and well above the average of 24 percent. Planting remains most advanced in South Dakota where 73 percent of the crop has been planted. Planting is not quite as advanced in Montana and North Dakota at 21 and 22 percent complete respectively, but the pace is well ahead of one year ago.

The biggest concerns continues to be drier than normal conditions. According to the U.S. drought monitor, much of the four-state region remains classified as abnormally dry or in a moderate drought. Welcomed precipitation - some in the form of snow - was received in most of the spring wheat region over the weekend, but additional moisture is needed. The moisture and expected cooler conditions this week may slow planting progress a bit.

Planting of the durum crop is underway. In North Dakota, 4 percent of the crop is reportedly planted, near the five-year average. In Montana, about 3 percent of the acreage has been seeded, a bit below the five-year average of 8 percent. Last year at this time, no durum had been planted in either state

Percent Planted and Emerged by State
  4/19/15 4/12/15 4/19/14 5 Year Avg.
ND Spring - planted 22 5 1 9
ND Spring - emerged n/a n/a n/a n/a
ND Durum - planted 4 n/a 0 5
ND Durum - emerged n/a n/a n/a n/a
Minnesota - planted 64 20 0 24
Minnesota - emerged n/a n/a n/a n/a
Montana - planted 21 10 5 14
Montana - emerged n/a n/a n/a n/a
South Dakota - planted 73 44 15 31
South Dakota - emerged n/a n/a n/a n/a
U.S. - planted 36 17 9 19
U.S. - emerged n/a n/a n/a n/a

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