USDA Weekly Crop Progress Report (April 12): Planting Off to Brisk Start, Winter Wheat Fails to Improve

Weather conditions permitted planting to run ahead of schedule in many areas last week, but did not allow the quality of the country's winter wheat crop to improve.

According to today's U.S. Department of Agriculture's Crop Progress Report, 4% of corn had been planted in 18 selected states and 11% of spring wheat in six selected states.

The four-year averages are 3% for corn and 6% for spring wheat at this point in the season.

Meanwhile, just 53% of winter wheat in 18 selected states was rated good/excellent, compared to 53% the week before and 59% one year ago.

Five percent of the crop was headed compared to a four-year average of 7%.

Among top winter wheat-producing states, Washington had a crop rated at 74% good/excellent followed by Oklahoma (70%), Montana (58%), Kansas (55%) and Colorado (26%).

To see the full USDA report for April 12, click here.

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