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Kansas Wheat Conditions Improve, Texas Worsens, USDA Says

About 52 percent of the winter-wheat crop in Kansas, the biggest grower, was in good or excellent condition as of yesterday, up from 49 percent a month earlier, as fields received precipitation, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said.

In Oklahoma, 67 percent of the winter wheat crop got the top ratings, up from 54 percent at the end of January, the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service said today on its website. Sixty-five percent of Nebraska’s crop was good or excellent, unchanged from a month earlier. In Texas, 31 percent of the winter wheat received the top ratings, deteriorating from 32 percent a week earlier, the USDA said.

Areas of Nebraska, central Kansas and northern Oklahoma had triple the normal amount of precipitation in the past 30 days, while conditions were drier in southern Oklahoma and northern parts of Texas, National Weather Service data show. Drought conditions persisted in most of Texas, western Oklahoma and southern Kansas as of Feb. 21, after months of below-normal rain, according to the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.

“There has been some moisture around,” Larry Glenn, an analyst at Frontier Ag in Quinter, Kansas, said in a telephone interview today before the USDA’s reports. “For wheat producers, at least there’s a little bit of hope now.”

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