Winter Wheat Condition Ratings Slip

Winter wheat conditions on the US southern Plains have slipped in the aftermath of historically cold weather.

In the primary Hard Red Winter production state of Kansas, the winter wheat crop was rated 37% good to excellent as of Sunday, down 3 points from a week earlier, according to a state crop progress report released Monday. Meanwhile, that portion of the crop rated poor to very poor increased 2 points on the week to 28%.

The condition of the Oklahoma crop dipped 2 points on the week, falling to 46% good to excellent as of Sunday, while that portion rated poor to very poor held steady at 14%. The condition of the Texas crop also fell 2 points from a week earlier, dropping to 28% good to excellent. One-third of the Texas crop (33%) was rated poor to very poor, up 2 points on the week.

Winter wheat crops were hit last month by a cold wave that sent temperatures plunging below -30 degrees F in parts of Nebraska and to -10°F or below as far south as Oklahoma and Texas’ northern panhandle. Meanwhile, damaging freezes reached key winter agricultural production areas of Deep South Texas. In many cases, winter wheat crops had just minimal or no snow cover at all for protection against the cold.

According to the Texas report, damage assessment caused by extreme cold weather was still underway for small grains in parts of that state. Freeze burn was reported in some small grains fields but the report noted that further damage assessment was still needed.

Winter wheat crops on the southern Plains are also battling overly dry soil conditions.

Source: DePutter Publishing Ltd.

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