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Spring Wheat Planting Progress Made with Drier Weather
South Dakota Ag Connection - 05/21/2014

Drier weather last week did allow producers to make some progress in spring wheat planting before precipitation hit again on Sunday. Producers in Montana and South Dakota continue to be furthest advanced in spring wheat planting progress with 74 and 83 percent of the crop planted respectively, close to the five-year average. Progress continues to lag in North Dakota and Minnesota with producers just getting back into the fields after weeks of delays. In Minnesota, 20 percent of the spring wheat has been planted, up from 8 percent last week, but well behind the average of 72 percent. In North Dakota, producers have now planted 25 percent of their spring wheat, up from 11 percent one week ago, but also lagging the average of 55 percent.

Rain on Sunday in many areas will delay planting progress some, but the extended forecast calls for warmer temperatures which should help dry out soils and allow planting to continue. Producers are hoping to make significant progress the remainder of the month to avoid making adjustments to crop rotations or taking prevent plant. Emergence of the U.S. spring wheat crop is at 24 percent, behind the average of 40 percent.

Producers were able to make some progress on the planting of the Northern durum crop with a break in the rainy weather last week. In North Dakota, about 14 percent of the crop has been planted, up from only 1 percent last week, but still behind the average of 41 percent. One percent of the durum in the state has emerged. In Montana, almost half of the durum crop has been planted, up from 23 percent last week and close to the five-year average of 57 percent. Eleven percent of the planted durum has emerged in Montana. An improved weather forecast for the next week should help producers make some additional planning progress.

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