S.D. growers can benefit from reviewing weekly crop progress and condition report

Farm Forum

BROOKINGS — Each week, the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) compiles reports of crop progress and condition at the state level throughout the growing season and on a monthly basis throughout the winter. These reports are based on data from individual observers across the state.

“The Crop Progress and Condition provides a good indication of what the document includes. Although each crop will vary from one area of the state to another in terms of both progress and condition, the reports each week provide a good indication of the status of each crop compared to the long-term average, on a state-wide basis,” said Bob Fanning, SDSU Extension Plant Pathology Field Specialist.

Fanning explained that Crop Progress and Condition is reported in terms of percent seeded, emerged, jointing, headed, cut, height, blooming, harvested, etc., depending on the crop. Condition is reported as percent very poor, poor, fair, good and excellent.

“The NASS says the Crop Progress and Condition reports are some of the most requested documents that are compiled by the agency. These reports can impact South Dakota’s agricultural producers by helping to stabilize crop prices, providing documentation for disaster relief programs, and indicate educational needs to name a few,” Fanning said.

He added that producers can also compare the progress of their crops to the statewide average. The reports can be found online at: http://1.usa.gov/1fSOmfU. The Crop Progress and Condition reports are also printed in the Farm Forum each week.