62 percent of the nation’s winter wheat crop is rated in good to excellent condition. According to USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey, the condition improved during the winter when usually weather systems, cold waves, and drought will deteriorate the crop condition.
“It’s quite common to see lower conditions in the spring than we finished up with in the fall,” said Rippey.
Back in November, 52 percent of the crop was rated good to excellent, an increase of 10 percent. The percentage of winter wheat that’s rated very poor to poor is at 9 percent, down 5 percent from the November report.
In Michigan, 55 percent of the winter wheat crop is rated good to excellent. 35 percent is in fair condition. 10 percent of the crop is in very poor to poor condition.