US Winter Wheat Conditions Deteriorate

A USDA report issued after the close last night shows winter wheat conditions continuing to worsen in Texas. Oklahoma and Kansas.

The report says that as of the end of February Kansas had 50% of the crop rated good/excellent, down 9 points from the end of January. In Oklahoma only 22% of the crop is rated in the top two categories, whilst in worst affected Texas only 10% of the crop makes the top two grades.

In Texas 63% of the crop is now rated in poor/very poor condition, whilst in Oklahoma it is 42% and 15% in Kansas.

Meanwhile another week of hot and dry weather will affect the southern Plains this week, according to Allen Motew of QT Weather. The newly issued Climate Predication Center (CPC) monthly forecast keeps the southern Plains and Gulf Coast warm and dry for March, he says.