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Minnesota, S.D. on Track While N.D. Struggles Planting Wheat
Minnesota Ag Connection - 05/28/2020

North Dakota producers finally caught a break last week with better weather conditions and drier fields and were able to make significant planting progress, reports the Wheat Commission. In Minnesota, producers report 86 percent of the wheat is planted compared to the five-year average of 94 percent. South Dakota producers are virtually done planting wheat -- at 97 percent in the ground, compared to the give-year average of 94 percent.

According to the USDA Crop Progress Report, spring wheat planting is now about 70% complete in North Dakota, up from only 41% last week. Planting is still behind last year's pace and the five-year average, but significant progress was made in the last week. Weather conditions look to remain mostly favorable for the next week. Many producers in the western part of the state report that wheat planting is finished or nearly complete, while some producers in central portions of the state are just getting started. In surrounding spring wheat states planting progress ranges from 86 to 97% complete. On a national basis, 81% of the spring wheat has been planted, similar to last year's pace, but slightly below the average of 90%.

About half of the U.S. planted crop has emerged, ahead of last year's pace, but still a bit behind the average of 65%. Minnesota farmers report 51 percent of the crop has emerged, well behind the five-year average of 74 percent, but ahead of 2019's 41 percent. In South Dakota, crop emerged is estimated at 76 percent, well ahead of 2019's 39 percent and about par with the give-year average of 79 percent.

In North Dakota, about a third of the crop has emerged, compared to 59 percent on average. The U.S. drought monitor shows a growing area of moderate drought in southwest North Dakota and much of the western part of the state is listed as being abnormally dry. Timely precipitation will be needed to carry the crop through development and to reach good yield potential.

Durum producers in the state also made good planting progress over the last week with 70 percent of the state's durum crop in the ground, up from 47% last week and near last year's pace. Emergence is at 30%, slightly ahead of last year. Both the planting pace and emergence remains behind the five-year average. Much of the durum growing region could use some precipitation as topsoil moisture levels have been dropping. In Montana, planting is also 70% complete, ahead of last year, but behind average.

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