The U.S. winter wheat crop may be off to a good start overall, but the key southern Plains production region would certainly welcome more rain.
As can be seen on the latest update of the U.S. drought monitor, large portions of Texas are being negatively impacted by dry weather, which is spilling over into Oklahoma. Meanwhile, dryness is also spreading east from Colorado into Kansas, the No. 1 Hard Red Winter production state. Topsoil moisture was rated at least 40% short to very short in each of Texas, Oklahoma and Colorado as of Sunday, while topsoil moisture in Kansas was pegged at 31% short to very short.
More than one-quarter of the Texas winter wheat crop (26%) was rated poor to very poor as of Sunday, mainly due to drought, along with 12% of the crops in Kansas and Colorado. In Oklahoma, where winter wheat crops are holding up much better, only 6% was rated poor to very poor.
On the flip side, the Soft Red Winter state of Michigan would benefit from drier weather; topsoil moisture in that state was rated 73% surplus as of Sunday, while 15% of the state winter wheat crop was rated poor to very poor.
On a nationwide basis, the U.S. winter wheat crop was rated 57% good to excellent as of Sunday, 6 points above a year earlier.
Source: DePutter Publishing Ltd.
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