About 8 percent of the crop has headed, the USDA reported
By Diego Flammini
Spring wheat fields across the U.S. are starting to head.
About 8 percent of the 2021 crop has headed, the USDA reported in its June 15 Weekly Weather and Crop Bulletin.
That number is up from 4 percent reported at this time in 2020.
March’s Prospective Plantings report estimated farmers would plant about 11.7 million acres of spring wheat.
Using that figure as the starting point, it would mean spring wheat across nearly 936,000 acres has headed.
Six states (Idaho, Minnesota, Montana, the Dakotas and Washington) account for all U.S. spring wheat.
South Dakota’s wheat crop is the furthest along.
About 45 percent of the state’s spring wheat acres have headed, the USDA reported. And about 1 percent of Montana’s spring wheat has headed.
American farmers continue to harvest the 2020 winter wheat crop.
About 4 percent of the crop is off, the USDA reports. That figure is up from 2 percent last week but down from 14 percent at this time last year.
On a state level, Texas growers have harvested the most winter wheat.
Farmers in that state have combined 30 percent of their wheat acres.
Growers in Indiana have only harvested 1 percent of their winter wheat acres while producers in several states including Colorado, Illinois and South Dakota are yet to report any harvested winter wheat.
Almost all of the 2021 corn crop has emerged.
About 96 percent of the crop is up, the USDA’s report says. That figure is up 6 percent from last week.
North Carolina is the only state to report complete corn emergence. Corn in Pennsylvania is 81 percent emerged, which is the lowest percentage among the 18 recorded states.
U.S. soybeans continue to emerge too.
About 86 percent of the crop is up, the USDA said. That’s 10 percent higher than last week’s report.
About 97 percent of Minnesota’s soybeans are up. This figure is the highest among the 18 documented states.
On the other end of the spectrum, soybeans in Kansas are 63 percent emerged.