What a difference a year makes for spring wheat. Especially when comparing year over year conditions for the spring wheat growing areas of the northern plains and the Northwest.
“At this exact time a year ago, at the end of July, 56% of the spring wheat production area was in a drought. You actually hit a peak of 83% as the harvest neared completion,” said meteorologist Brad Rippey.
Forward to the same time this year, and Rippey said only 3 to 4% of the nation’s spring wheat production area is in drought.
“It really shows in the crop condition rating from the USDA NAS. A year ago, 31% good to excellent, 43% very poor to poor. And now, the current ratings for spring wheat is 78% good to excellent, just 4% very poor to poor.”
He added that it’s conversely the opposite weather affect occurred in the winter wheat growing areas of the southern plains this year, with drought impacting that drought’s prospects for 2018.
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