Soil moisture improves in Missouri, wheat rating dips

Cool, wet weather dominated most of Missouri during March.

The USDA says the average temperature in Missouri was just over a degree below normal, but average precipitation was four and three quarters inches, more than two inches above usual levels.

That precipitation did improve soil moisture in parts of the state, with the driest areas in the southwestern portion of Missouri bordering Kansas.

70% of Missouri’s winter wheat crop is rated good to excellent, 1% less than last month.

The USDA’s weekly crop progress and condition reports resume Monday, April 3rd.

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