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November 21, 2017
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Winter Wheat Deteriorates

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Winter Wheat Deteriorates

The 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.
 
The 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 reading.
 
The downgrade took the rating well below the 58% figure recorded a year ago, and a five-year average of 54%, on Agrimoney calculations.
 
And 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.
 
‘Dry weather prevalent’
 
In 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 above normal.
 
In Oklahoma, the second biggest winter wheat growing state, the rating fell 4 points to 37%
 
“Dry weather continued to be prevalent throughout the state,” USDA scouts said, adding that “drought conditions continued to expand.
 
“It has been 48 days since the western panhandle has seen at least a quarter-inch of rain in a single day.”
 
In 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.

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