It's a matter of points but the condition of the 2012 winter wheat crop appears to have held steady since last week's USDA Crop Progress report. In the week-over-week comparison the total crop slipped from 14% excellent to 13% with the same rating. Meanwhile, the crop rated good fell from 46% to 45%. And now 28% of the crop is rated only fair versus 26% the week before.
Kansas has seen a decline in wheat condition with more than half the crop rating Fair to Very Poor. 35% of the Kansas crop earned that Fair rating this week. The Texas crop is also sliding with 34% rated Fair, 21% rated Poor and 11% earning the Very Poor rating. Texas has the most wheat rated Very Poor in the latest report.
The good news is that the winter wheat crop condition is well above where it was last year at this time when 45% of the crop rated Poor to Very Poor. This year only 14% gets that combined rate.
Harvest has begun in the most Southern regions of Winter Wheat country.
For Spring Wheat, the first crop condition report shows the crop is doing well with 74% rated Good to Excellent. About 86% of that crop has emerged, which is well above the 50% level for the five-year average.
The Spring Wheat crop is also 99% planted, which is well ahead of the five-year average.