|The following is reprinted from the North Dakota Wheat Commission Crop Progress Report of August 12.|
Durum crop conditions declined again over the last week, 21 percent of the North Dakota crop is in good to excellent condition and 39 percent is rated poor to very poor. In Montana the situation is similar with 22 percent of the durum crop rated in good to excellent condition and 49 percent rated poor to very poor. As with HRS, the crop condition ratings become less relevant as harvest progress is made. Yield prospects have declined rapidly in the last 6 weeks. In the USDA's most recent crop production report, yields in Montana were forecasted at 21 bushels per acre, the same as last month, but down from 24 bushels the previous year. The North Dakota durum yield was lowered from 27 bushels per acre to 25 bushels this month and down from 30 bushels last year. In North Dakota, 79 percent of the crop has turned ripe and 86 percent in Montana has turned ripe, both of which are ahead of average. Harvest progress of the durum crop is close to average with 13 percent of the North Dakota crop and 17 percent of the Montana crop harvested. Very little quality data is available, but lower test weights are anticipated in the drought stricken areas.