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Weekly Wheat Update

Weekly Wheat Update

Every Tuesday during the growing season (generally April through September), the North Dakota Wheat Commission issues a weekly wheat report report to update buyers on growing conditions, yield potential, crop health, disease concerns, quality, etc.  The Commission utilizes the USDA NASS weekly crop progress reports and crop reports from producers, elevators, extension agents and agronomists to develop the report.

Weekly Wheat Update May 23, 2023

Above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation the past week allowed North Dakota producers to make great progress planting this year’s spring wheat and durum crops.  The North Dakota spring wheat crop is now almost half planted.  While this pace trails the five-year average of 65%, it is well ahead of last year’s pace of only 25% complete.  Nationally, two-thirds of the spring wheat has been planted.  South Dakota producers are nearly finished and Minnesota and Montana are both about three-fourths done with seeding.   The weather forecast for the next 7-10 days looks conducive to fieldwork and the vast majority of the wheat should be planted by the end of May. 
Producers report that the spring wheat is emerging nicely out of the ground and looks good so far.  In North Dakota, about 13% of the planted acreage has emerged.  Nationally one-third of the spring wheat has emerged. While moisture conditions are mostly rated as adequate to surplus, some producers are noting that some precipitation after planting is complete would be helpful for emergence and development.  Portions of the western half of the state are a bit dry.
Durum seeding continues to progress in the state with just under 40% of the intended acres in the ground.  Similar to spring wheat, this is behind average but ahead of last year’s slow pace.  About 9% of the planted acreage has emerged.  In Montana, half of the durum has been seeded, slightly behind average.  Of the planted acreage, 20% has emerged.
Wheat Planted by State  5/21/23  Last Week Last Year 5 yr. Avg
North Dakota HRS 48 20 26 65
North Dakota Durum 38 12 16 55
Minnesota HRS 74 28 10 71
Montana Durum 39 16 47 42
Montana HRS 54 32 67 61
South Dakota HRS 95 84 92 90
U.S. HRS 64 40 48 73
May 21, 2023  

Wheat Emerged by State   
 5/21/23  Last Week Last Year 5 yr. Avg
North Dakota HRS 13 2 8 29
North Dakota Durum 9 0 3 18
Minnesota HRS 30 3 4 41
Montana Durum 4 0 9 na
Montana HRS 42 15 55 46
South Dakota HRS 74 37 65 63
U.S. HRS 32 13 27 40
May 21, 2023        

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