Conditions of this year's winter wheat crop are continuing to decline. According to USDA Meteorologist Brad Rippey, only 45% of the nation's wheat crop is ranked in good to excellent shape and 19% is judged in poor to very poor condition.
"A week ago those numbers were 49% and 16% respectively, a year ago looking much better at 57% good to excellent and just 9% poor to very poor," Rippey says. "
In addition to a decline in crop condition, emergence is running about 5% behind average.
"The big problem remains the southern and western parts of the
Currently the Northwest is looking the best as conditions continue to improve in that area.