US Wheat Crop Conditions Deteriorate Further On Dry Weather Conditions

01.03.2018

US wheat-growing areas are poised for more of the dry weather which has got the winter crop off to a historically poor start, with condition declining across a swathe of states, including top grower Kansas.The forecast came as US Department of Agriculture data confirmed continued damage to winter wheat crops from the dryness, rating at 12% the proportion of Kansas crop in “good” or “excellent” condition.

That represents a drop of 2 points for the month, the weakest figure in at least a decade, and was down from 43% a year before.Indeed, the five-year average Kansas winter wheat rating for the end of February is 41%.

The extent of the dryness afflicting the crop was underlined by data showing 71% of Kansas subsoil, and 74% of topsoil, rated “short” or “very short” or moisture.


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