Nebraska wheat rating holds despite dryness


Nebraska wheat rating holds despite dryness

The drought or near drought conditions affecting the U.S. Plains continue to have an impact on soil moisture levels in Nebraska.

The USDA says 83% of Nebraska’s topsoil and 72% of subsoil are short to very short of moisture, significant increases from January, with only about of fifth of topsoil and a third of subsoil containing adequate levels.

Despite the dryness, Nebraska’s winter wheat crop is doing relatively well.

36% of winter wheat is rated good to excellent, unchanged from last month’s update, with 46% called fair, 1% higher, and 18% rated poor to very poor, 1% lower.

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