Most of the Pacific Northwest winter wheat crop is in good to excellent condition, the USDA weekly progress report said.

With the exception of Texas, the wheat crop in much of the rest of the nation is also in good shape, according to the report.

About 32 percent of farmers rated the Texas winter wheat crop condition very poor or poor, according to the report.

In the Pacific Northwest, the majority of farmers rated winter wheat as good, fair or excellent.

Eighty percent of farmers found the crop excellent or good in California, with the remaining 20 percent finding it fair.

Winter wheat has yet to head in the Pacific Northwest. In California, 65 percent of the crop has headed, compared to 66 percent from the year before.

Idaho and Washington have planted 48 percent and 30 percent of their spring wheat crop, respectively.

Idaho has planted about 43 percent of its barley crop, up from 30 percent at the same time last year.

North Dakota, which has historically been the top barley state until being unseated by Idaho last year, has planted 17 percent, up from zero the previous year.

-- Matthew Weaver


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