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Midwest crop conditions dip as wheat struggles persist

By Farms.com

This week, the agricultural spotlight is on the declining health of winter wheat in Kansas and Oklahoma, with both states observing notable reductions in crop conditions. In Oklahoma, good to excellent ratings for winter wheat have dropped from 60% to 49% in just one week. Kansas has experienced a similar decline, with ratings falling from 43% to 36% good to excellent.

The corn planting season is advancing, with Oklahoma reaching 34% planted, a notable increase over both last year and the five-year average. Kansas's corn planting is also progressing well at 26%, slightly ahead of previous metrics.

Despite the downturn in wheat conditions, livestock health in Oklahoma has shown improvement, with 70% rated good to excellent. This is an increase from previous weeks and suggests some resilience in this sector.

Pasture and range conditions are also a concern, with Oklahoma's good to excellent ratings holding steady at 42%, but still significantly better than last year’s dismal 13%.

Further south in Texas, winter wheat conditions are similarly challenging, with a slight decrease in good to excellent ratings. Corn emergence in Texas is consistent with previous years, supporting a cautiously optimistic view for this staple crop.

As planting continues and summer approaches, these metrics will be essential for farmers and market analysts alike to gauge the potential impact on both local and national agricultural markets. The coming weeks will be critical for assessing whether these trends will stabilize or continue their downward trajectory.


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