(NDAgConnection.com) – Growers in North Dakota were able to make decent progress seeding their spring wheat crop last week due to improved weather conditions. Warmer temperatures and drier conditions allowed some growers to finish planting spring wheat and others to start. Unfortunately, Memorial Day weekend brought fairly widespread humidity and a return to cooler temperatures, which again caused delays. In some areas of the state, planting is nearly complete, but in others it has barely begun. Many growers say they will continue planting for the next ten-day week, weather permitting. The forecast for the current week indicates cooler than normal temperatures.
According to the latest USDA Crop Progress report, spring wheat planting in North Dakota has reached 59% completion, a jump of nearly 30% from last week. This compares to 97% completion last year and 91% completion on average. Lifting is also much slower than normal with 22% lifting versus 64% on average. Looking at the US spring wheat crop as a whole, nearly three-quarters has been planted. Planting is nearly complete in Montana and South Dakota, but Minnesota’s progress is similar to North Dakota’s with just over half planted.
Durum seeding in North Dakota also advanced with 46% seeding compared to 17% last week. Progress is well below the normal rate of 85%. Emergence is also slow with 14% of the crop emerging. Much of North Dakota’s main durum growing region received precipitation over the weekend which will delay planting progress.