Extremely variable spring wheat conditions are evident in Dakotas this year. North Dakota Wheat Commission Market Development and Research Manager Erica Olson says the hot, dry and windy conditions are dominating the growing season. “We’ve seen yield potential reduced. Producers have been making choices whether or not to abandon fields based on yield potential,” says Olson. “Another issue has been the extremely variable conditions, making assessing the crop difficult. The heat pushed crop development and affected yield. Harvest will start soon.” Spring wheat crop condition ratings are the lowest since 1988. “If we look at last year’s level, 70 percent of the crop was rated in good to excellent. Now, less than 20 percent of the crop is rated good to excellent.”
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