Winter wheat crop conditions better than 2011

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According to the USDA's Wheat Outlook rpeort, winter wheat crop conditions in the Central and Southern Plains are better than last year at this time. In the Central Plains, Nebraska’s winter wheat crop at the end of February 2012 rated 65 percent good to excellent and only 6 percent poor to very poor.

A year ago at this time, 40 percent of the crop was rated good to excellent and 13 percent poor to very poor. In Kansas, as of March 5, 50 percent of the State’s winter wheat crop rated good to excellent and 12 percent poor to very poor. Last year at this time, 25 percent of the Kansas crop was rated good to excellent and 40 percent poor to very poor.

In the Southern Plains, Oklahoma’s winter wheat crop, as of March 5, rated 62 percent good to excellent and 9 percent poor to very poor. A year ago at this time, 22 percent of the crop was rated good to excellent and 41 percent poor to very poor. As of March 5 in Texas, 33 percent of the State’s winter wheat crop rated good to excellent and 39 percent poor to very poor. Last year at this time, 18 percent of the Texas crop was rated good to excellent and 56 percent poor to very poor.

In the SRW States that report monthly conditions, wheat is in substantially better shape than a year ago at this time. In Illinois, 81 percent of the winter wheat crop was in good to excellent condition as of the end of February with only 2 percent reported as poor to very poor.

Last February, 36 percent of the crop was good to excellent and 18 percent poor to very poor. In North Carolina, 80 percent of this year’s winter wheat was reported as good to excellent and 1 percent as poor to very poor. Last year at the same time, 59 percent of the North Carolina crop was good to excellent and 8 percent poor to very poor.



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