USDA Weekly Crop Progress Report (April 5): Topsoil Moisture, Winter Wheat Quality Down

The quality of winter wheat is lagging behind where it was a year ago, likely because of dry conditions, according to today's U.S. Department of Agriculture's Crop Progress Report.

Just 53% of the crop in 18 selected states was rated to be in good or excellent condition for the week ending April 4 compared to 62% of the 2020 winter wheat crop at this point one year ago.

Four percent of the wheat is headed so far, compared to 3% for the four-year average.

Topsoil moisture is also down compared to last year, with 35% of the acreage categorized as less-than-adequate compared to 8% in 2020.

Corn planting, meanwhile, is getting underway, with 2% of the crop planted in 18 selected states.

This percentage is identical to the four-year average.

To see the full USDA report for April 5, click here.

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