62% of U.S. winter wheat rated good to excellent

The USDA says the U.S. winter wheat crop generally came out of dormancy in slightly better shape this year than last year. As of Sunday, 62% of winter wheat is in good to excellent condition, up 2% from a year ago, with 29% of the crop rated fair, down 2%, and 9% in poor to very poor shape, unchanged on the year. That rating does include a wide range of conditions, with parts of the soft red winter growing region reporting excessively wet conditions and dry pockets for some of the hard red winter crop.

15% of the sorghum crop is planted, compared to the five-year average of 13%, with only Texas off to an appreciable start.

7% of cotton is planted, compared to 5% on average, and 17% of rice is planted, compared to the usual pace of 19%, with 10% emerged.

Most of the U.S. has adequate to surplus soil moisture levels.

Next week’s report is expected to have the first corn planting pace estimate of the season.

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