What is in this article?:
• By all accounts, the 2012 U.S. wheat crop across the country is progressing far ahead of schedule in most areas.
In Kansas, 79 percent of the wheat is jointed, compared to the five-year average of 32 percent and 30 percent at this time last year. Additionally, 65 percent of the wheat is rated good to excellent. According to Nebraska Wheat, Nebraska’s winter wheat crop is also about two weeks ahead of schedule with 10 percent of the wheat jointed.
In the Pacific Northwest, mixed weather across Idaho has resulted in a good-looking crop overall. According to USDA, 86 percent of Idaho’s winter wheat is rated good to excellent with 11 percent rated fair. Despite good conditions, however, Tereasa Waterman, information and education manager with the Idaho Wheat Commission, reported that winter wheat acres may be plowed under to plant other crops like potatoes or sugar beets.
Further west in Wyoming, Keith Kennedy, executive director of the Wyoming Wheat Marketing Commission, said wheat farmers could easily start harvest as early as July 1, two to three weeks ahead of normal. He added that while there is sufficient moisture at the moment, the crop will need some significant moisture soon.
Colorado Wheat Administrative Committee President Tom Neira, who farms in central Colorado near Bennett, would also welcome additional moisture in coming weeks.
He reported, “Wheat in our area still looks good, as it had a good start last fall, but it will need a drink soon.”
Dan Anderson, who farms in far northeastern Colorado near Haxtun, reported his wheat is two weeks ahead of schedule and looking good, but agreed that it could use some moisture soon. That is on par with USDA’s report that 18 percent of the wheat in Colorado is jointed compared to 10 percent for the five-year average at this time.
The SRW crop is also progressing faster than normal.
In Ohio, winter wheat was 13 percent jointed, ahead of both last year and the five-year average.