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USDA rates 38% of winter wheat crop good/excellent, below 68% from a year ago

Agriculture.com Staff 04/03/2006 @ 2:25pm

In its first weekly crop progress report of 2006, the USDA has a poor rating for the winter wheat crop, while spring wheat planting is underway, according to USDA statistics.

For winter wheat, 31% is rated very poor-poor, 31% fair, and 38% good/excellent. At this time last year, U.S. winter wheat was rated 68% good/excellent.

In a state by state breakdown, this week's report indicated 50% of the Texas wheat and 29% of Oklahoma's winter wheat is rated very poor-poor.

For spring wheat, 2% of the crop was planted as of Sunday, compared to 4% a year ago, and a 3% five year average. Most of the spring wheat already planted is in the states of Washington, Montana and Idaho.

Throughout the wheat, corn, and soybean growing seasons, the USDA will release its weekly crop progress report each Monday at 3:00 CST.

In its first weekly crop progress report of 2006, the USDA has a poor rating for the winter wheat crop, while spring wheat planting is underway, according to USDA statistics.

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