KayDee Gilkey Winter and Spring Wheat Update
by KayDee Gilkey, click here for bio

Program: Farm and Ranch Report
Date: April 20, 2017

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The pace of spring wheat planting is still behind schedule as USDA meteorologist Brad Rippe explains

Rippe: “Overall spring plant wheat planting just 13 percent complete by April 16th, five-year average 21 percent, last year 25 percent.”

Rippe continues with the overall winter wheat condition.

Rippe: “Inching up overall for the week ending April 16th, to 54 percent good to excellent. Thats up a point. Poor to very poor was unchanged at 13 percent.”

Drought conditions that has affected the winter wheat conditions in Colorado as well as Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas are slightly improving.

In Colorado, the winter wheat crop is rated 23 percent poor to very poor, 36 percent fair, 33 percent good and 8 percent excellent.

The winter wheat condition in Idaho is 29 percent fair, 57 percent rated good and 12 percent rated excellent. Spring wheat acres planted in Idaho is 28 percent complete, compared to the five-year average of 55 percent.

In Washington 12 percent of the winter wheat crop was rated fair, 68 percent rated good and 17 percent excellent. The spring wheat crop is at 20 percent planted compared to the five year average of 57 percent complete.

In Oregon 13 percent of the winter wheat crop is rated fair, 63 percent good and 18 percent excellent.

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