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US winter wheat condition ratings, as of March 15


The US Department of Agriculture overnight issued ratings for the condition of the US winter wheat crop, as of Sunday, in some southern Plains states which represent major growing areas for hard red winter wheat.


The table below lists the readings, in terms of the percentage of crop rated "good" or "excellent, plus gives their change on week, and on year-ago levels.


The biggest change came in Colorado, where crop condition declined amid growing dryness. The proportion of topsoil rated "good" or "excellent" in the state stood at 52% as of Sunday, up from a late-February figure of 33%, and a year-ago reading of just 9%.


The USDA will on April 6 resume publishing weekly crop progress reports.



State Good + excellent
Change on week

Year-on-year change

Colorado 46% -13* -16
Kansas 46% -1 -3
Oklahoma 67% +9 +7
Texas 36% +10 +3
*= compared with previous reading, in late February




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