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US winter wheat harvest remains slow, spring wheat crop ratings decline

New Delhi — The pace of US winter wheat harvest for the 2019-20 crop (June-May) continued to be slower in the week ended June 23, reaching only 15%, down about a quarter year on year, amid wet weather conditions seen across the key producing states, data from the US Department of Agriculture showed.

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In the latest week, states like Illinois, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma have seen the pace of harvest dropping up to 46 percentage points from past year, according to the USDA data.

Kansas, the largest winter wheat-producing state, saw heavy rains and flooding in May and early June, a period crucial for wheat harvesting conditions, according to weather analysts.

Oklahoma, another major wheat producer, also faced major rainfall in May and wet weather conditions is still continuing for the state, analysts said.

"Unfortunately, this pattern [of active precipitation], given our latest research and modeling for the remainder of June, looks to remain persist in those areas with much above normal rainfall targeted there ahead," Kirk Hinz, a meteorologist at Indiana-based BAMWX LLC, told S&P Global Platts.

Winter wheat crop condition have also declined in the latest week, with only 61% of the crop reported to be in good to excellent conditions, down 3 percentage points on the week.

Winter wheat is headed at 94% in the key states, up from 89% in the past week, but well below the five-year average of 99%, USDA said.

Heading occurs when the head of the wheat plant fully emerges from the stem.


A total of 75% of the spring wheat crop was reported to be in good to excellent conditions across six major producing states, down 2 percentage points from the past week, and also behind the market expectations.

Spring wheat is headed at 7%, compared with 2% in the past week, as Montana, and the Dakotas struggled with crop development.

-- Rohan Somwanshi,

-- Edited by Debiprasad Nayak,