US - Winter wheat planting progress in the US is now behind last year’s pace, and at around the slowest pace seen since 2009, writes Jack Watts, Lead Analyst, AHDB/HGCA Market Intelligence.
The latest delays have been attributed to colder weather conditions, and snowfall across wheat growing regions in the US.
Furthermore, concerns are arising over the establishment of winter wheat in areas that have already drilled crops.
Further snowfall and colder weather could continue to cause delays to planting, which could ultimately result in a smaller winter wheat area.
Reuters’ crop forecasting subsidiary, Lanworth, have recently forecast a decrease of 0.65M hectares from 2014 plantings, which has been attributed to planting delays as well as lower profitability in comparison to other crops.
The USDA estimates that 17.2M hectares were planted to winter wheat for harvest 2014.
The harvesting of both maize and soyabean crops is also yet to be completed in the US.
Although progress remains at around average levels, wet conditions forecast for the Central and the Eastern Midwest could slow harvest progress over the next 6-10 days (MDA Weather Services).
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