The USDA reported this week that the U.S. wheat crop is in good condition. In its first crop condition report for this year on Monday,, the USDA assessed 56% of U.S. winter wheat in good/excellent condition, up from 32% a year ago. According to Indiana NASS, 52% of the Indiana winter wheat was rated in good to excellent condition. Dan Emmert, with Pioneer, said the cold wet spring has not had a major impact on wheat condition.
“I flew my drone over some wheat fields last week checking on stands, and plant health and for the most part the crops looked to be in good shape.” He added that most of the wheat in Southwest Indiana is jointed at this point.
The wet field conditions, however, are causing some issues with getting spring fertilizer applied. In addition, some of the wet soils are impacting crop health. “Some areas where we have had water standing for several weeks the stands look thin and the plants are not in good shape,” said Emmert.
USDA reports that 99% of Indiana acreage has adequate to surplus topsoil and subsoil moisture. The average temperature for the week was 43.7 degrees Fahrenheit, 2.0 degrees below normal for the State. The amount of rainfall varied from 1.41 inches to 2.26 inches over the week. The statewide average precipitation was 1.89 inches.