Weighted Spring Wheat Condition Index Improves Three Points

Posted on 03/09/2017 10:22 AM

Below we plug USDA's weekly crop condition ratings into our weighted (by production) Pro Farmer Crop Condition Index (CCI; 0 to 500 point scale). The spring wheat crop improved by nearly 3 points from last week to 388.18. The condition ratings in Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota improved, while ratings in Idaho and Washington declined slightly.

Pro Farmer Crop Condition Index

Spring Wheat

This week

Last week


Idaho (6.65%)*


Minnesota (12.32%)


Montana (18.25%)


N. Dakota


S. Dakota


Washington (4.83%)


Spring wheat total



* denotes percentage of total national spring wheat crop production.

Following are details from USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) state crop and weather reports:

North Dakota: For the week ending June 5, 2016, most of the State received at least an inch of rain, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were some areas that received two to three inches, which caused some crops in low lying areas to be drowned out. However, most reports have indicated that the precipitation helped replenish topsoil moisture and seed germination. Average temperatures ranged from two degrees below normal to four degrees above normal. There were 4.1 days suitable for fieldwork. Topsoil moisture supplies rated 1 percent very short, 11 short, 79 adequate, and 9 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 1 percent very short, 14 short, 82 adequate, and 3 surplus.

Spring wheat condition rated 0 percent very poor, 2 poor, 14 fair, 77 good, and 7 excellent. Spring wheat emerged was 95 percent, near 92 last year, but well ahead of 68 average. Jointed was 30 percent, near
29 last year, but ahead of 19 average.

Montana: Montana was mostly warm and dry this week with scattered precipitation , according to the Mountain Regional Field Office of NASS. The dry weather allowed producers to make good headway in their field work and crops developed nicely over the course of the week.

Minnesota: Occasional rain showers limited Minnesota farmers to 3.3 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending June 5, 2016, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. The northwestern par t of the state continued to receive large amounts of precipitation with very wet conditions which have delayed spraying and other field activities. Between showers, field activities for the week included spraying, making hay, tiling, and finishing up planting. Topsoil moisture supplies were rated 1 percent very short, 6 percent short, 78 percent adequate, and 15 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies we re rated 1 percent very short, 7 percent short, 8 0 percent adequate, and 12 percent surplus.

Fifty-nine percent of the spring wheat acreage w as at or beyond the jointing stage, 3 days behind last year, but 2 weeks ahead of average. Spring wheat condition rated 74 percent good to excellent, up 4 percentage points from the previous week.



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