Missouri winter wheat improves


Missouri winter wheat improves

Warm, wet conditions during February have boosted winter wheat condition ratings and soil moisture levels in Missouri.

The USDA says 53% of the state’s winter wheat crop is in good to excellent shape, up 4% on the month, with 43% called fair, down 3%, and 4% rated poor, 1% lower.

Well over 60% of Missouri reports adequate soil moisture levels, up from January, but the percentage of the state reporting surplus soil moisture has also risen.

So far this month, average state wide precipitation is just short of 2 inches, about eight tenths of an inch above usual, and the average state wide temperature is just below freezing, a half a degree warmer than normal.

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