Missouri winter wheat crop rating up on month

The condition rating for Missouri’s winter wheat crop improved during February, even as bitterly cold temperatures and heavy snow blanketed the state late in the month.

The USDA says 54% of the state’s winter wheat crop is rated good to excellent, up 5% on the month, with more than a quarter of the state now reporting surplus topsoil moisture.

Precipitation was a half an inch below normal, but most of that was snow and much colder than usual temperatures limited evaporation.

The USDA’s weekly crop progress and condition reports resume in April.

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