Winter wheat ratings remain low in drought-tested major hard red winter growing states, although they have improved in Oklahoma and Texas, US Department of Agriculture briefings overnight showed.
Meanwhile, first ratings for Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi, soft red winter wheat states, came in not bad, but down year on year, with the issue too much moisture rather than too little.
The table below highlights the condition changes.
|US winter wheat ratings by state|
|State||March 11 2018||Change on week||Change on year|
|Arkansas||59%||-2 points*||-8 points|
|Kansas||12%||-1 point||-28 points|
|Louisiana||36%||+12 points*||+1 point|
|Mississippi||45%||-22 points*||-14 points|
|Oklahoma||7%||+1 point||-35 points|
Data show % of crop rated good or excellent. Change on year compared with March 12 2017 reading
*Comparison with the November 26 reading.