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South Dakota soil moisture, wheat rating down slightly

Soil moisture and winter wheat ratings fell a little bit in South Dakota over the past month. The USDA says more than half of the state has adequate soil moisture levels, down from the end of February, but still much better than this time... Read More.

Illinois winter wheat rating up

March was mostly warmer and drier than normal in much of Illinois. The USDA says that prior to the late month rainfall and shift to cooler temperatures, those generally warm, dry conditions lowered soil moisture levels ahead of widespread spring planting. The winter wheat rating... Read More.

South Dakota winter wheat rating rises

The USDA’s winter wheat rating for South Dakota was up from January to February. 58% of that crop is in good to excellent condition, 5% more than a month ago and 35% above a year ago. That’s largely to improved soil moisture levels thanks to... Read More.

Missouri winter wheat rating up despite dryness

Missouri weather was warm and dry for much of February. The USDA says the average statewide temperature was ten degrees above normal and precipitation was more than an inch under the usual levels, with more than 60% of the state seeing abnormally dry to... Read More.

Kansas winter wheat rating moves higher

The winter wheat rating for Kansas saw a month-to-month improvement. The USDA says 57% of the crop is called good to excellent, 3% above a month ago and 38% more than a year ago. Soil moisture levels remain considerably better than this time last year. The... Read More.

Indiana winter wheat rating up on month

Indiana had an unseasonably warm February. The USDA says statewide temperatures were more than eight degrees warmer than average, even with some wide swings, while precipitation was lower than usual, pulling soil moisture levels down with spring planting not that far off. Despite those warm,... Read More.

Nebraska wheat rating up sharply on year

What a difference some precipitation can make. The USDA says 69% of Nebraska’s winter wheat crop is in good to excellent shape after improved precipitation during January, well above the 48% reported a month ago and the just 22% called good ago. Soil moisture levels... Read More.

Precipitation boosts Kansas’ winter wheat rating

January precipitation had beneficial effects for Kansas’ winter wheat crop. The USDA says 54% of winter wheat in the top U.S. grower is rated good to excellent, compared to 43% late last month and 21% this time last year. Soil moisture levels also improved thanks... Read More.

Missouri winter wheat rating improves

Slightly higher than average rainfall in Missouri has boosted winter wheat condition ratings. The USDA says 73% of the crop is rated good to excellent, compared to just 44% at the start of 2023, with average statewide rainfall up about two tenths of an... Read More.

Kansas winter wheat rating up on year

Kansas’ winter wheat crop is in better than a year ago condition thanks to improved precipitation. The USDA says 43% of the state’s crop is called good to excellent, compared to 33% in early January 2023, with 21% rated poor to very poor, compared... Read More.

Load Rating Forces Closure of Pennington Rd Bridge

RENO COUNTY, Kan. – Reno County Public Works Dept. has announced that Pennington Road, between Nickerson Boulevard and 43rd Avenue, will be closed to all through traffic beginning Friday, May 26, 2023.The road will remain closed until further notice. KDOT Local Bridge Load Rating... Read More.