Wheat Condition 55% Good to Excellent

Some intermittent warmer days, wheat is greening up, tillering, and growing nicely in this southeast Nebraska field. (Photo by Paul Jasa)

Wheat Condition 55% Good to Excellent April 17, 2018

Wheat condition was rated 12% excellent, 43% good, 38% fair, 6% poor, and 1% very poor, according to the crop condition report issued by USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service Monday. Last week winter wheat condition was rated 12% excellent, 46% good, 34% fair, 7% poor, and 1% very poor.

Corn planting had just started and was at 1%, near last year's 3% and the five-year average of 2%.

Oat planting was at 35% done, well behind last year's 65% and the five-year average of 61%. Four percent of the oat crop had emerged, well behind last year's 23% and the average of 17%.

Topsoil moisture supplies rated 2% very short, 16% short, 78% adequate, and 4% surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 3% very short, 22% short, 73% adequate, and 2% surplus.