condition of the US winter wheat crop deteriorated further, taking it to
a below-average rating, amid dryness testing in particular hard red winter
wheat areas, expanding their divide to soft red states.
US Department of Agriculture, in a much-watched weekly briefing, lowered
by 2 points to 52% its rating of the proportion of US winter wheat rated
“good” or “excellent”, undercutting market expectations of an unchanged
downgrade took the rating well below the 58% figure recorded a year ago,
and a five-year average of 54%, on Agrimoney calculations.
it reflected further deterioration in many Plains states growing hard red
winter wheat, affected by drought, contrasting with improvement in some
Midwest areas producing the soft red winter wheat traded in Chicago.
the Plains, the rating for Nebraska winter wheat dropped by 7 points to
56%, in a week which USDA scouts said was marked by “limited” rainfall
and temperatures which in western areas averaged 6-7 degrees Fahrenheit
Oklahoma, the second biggest winter wheat growing state, the rating fell
4 points to 37%
weather continued to be prevalent throughout the state,” USDA scouts said,
adding that “drought conditions continued to expand.
has been 48 days since the western panhandle has seen at least a quarter-inch
of rain in a single day.”
Montana, the rating dropped 3 points to 36% of winter wheat seen as good
or excellent, amid dryness which has left 42% of topsoil “short” or “very
short” of moisture, up from 28% a year ago.