Kansas wheat harvest lags average

by Laura Lloyd
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WASHINGTON — The hard red winter wheat harvest in top-producing Kansas reached 40% complete as of June 29, down from the 66% five-year average, said the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s most recent Crop Progress report released June 30. Oklahoma’s harvest was 89% complete compared to 91% as the five-year average.

In Ohio, the top producer of soft red winter wheat, the harvest was 2% complete as of June 29, well behind the 17% average for the date. In Illinois, also a leading producer of soft red winter wheat, the harvest was 55% complete as of June 29, lagging the 62% five-year average.

Overall, the hard red winter wheat and soft red winter wheat harvests in the 18 major states were 43% complete in the latest week, down from the 48% average.

Conditions of the hard red winter wheat crop were little changed as of June 29 compared to the previous week. Kansas’ good-to-excellent rating climbed one percentage point to 12%. Oklahoma remained at 5% rated good to excellent.  Among soft red winter wheat states, Illinois’ good-to-excellent ratings sank three percentage points to 56%, Indiana’s good-to-excellent ratings fell four percentage points to 65% and Missouri’s good-to-excellent ratings fell three percentage points to 49% in the latest week. Ohio was stable at 69% rated good to excellent as of June 29, the U.S.D.A. said.

Corn silking in the 18 major states reached 5% complete as of June 29, down from a 9% average. The overall condition of the crop in the 18 major states was 75% good to excellent compared to 74% the previous week), with top-producing Iowa at 79% good to excellent, identical to its June 22 ratings, the U.S.D.A. said.

The soybean crop in the 18 major states was 94% emerged as of June 29, equal to the five-year average, and up four percentage points from the June 22 report.

The condition of the crop was 72% good to excellent in the 18 major states as of June 29, the U.S.D.A. said. In top-producing Iowa, the soybean crop was rated 75% good to excellent in the week ended June 29, down from 76% the previous week.
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