The combines are rolling across the Northwest, and the nation. As far as the U.S. winter wheat harvest is concerned.
“Approaching completion, or complete, in most areas, 85% nationally, one point behind the five-year average of 86%,” said USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey.
He noted the U.S. spring wheat harvest is underway.
“We are looking at 4% nationally harvested by July 29th.”
Right about normal for this time, but really.
“Only South Dakota showing some appreciable harvest acreage, 35% harvested, ahead of the five-year average of 21%.”
Spring wheat conditions still looking good.
“But, good-to-excellent rating now 78% on July 29th, 4% very poor-to-poor…just a very slight decline from last week’s conditions.”
10% of spring wheat rated poor-to-very poor in Montana and South Dakota, but overall, the crop still is looking good as harvest gets underway.
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