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Wheat conditions worsening due to lack of moisture PDF Print E-mail

According to the Nebraska Wheat Crop Report issued last Friday, as the wheat enters dormancy, the lack of moisture concerns producers.

According to the USDA’s final 2010 weekly crop report, winter wheat conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 10 percent poor, 44 percent fair, 39 percent good and 6 percent excellent, well below last year’s 68 percent good to excellent.

Fall emergence is now complete.

The weather has been unseasonably mild in the Panhandle and parts of southwest Nebraska.

The wheat is dormant, but with the lack of moisture during the fall, only a small percentage of wheat rates excellent condition.

Producers in parts of southwest Nebraska who received adequate moisture said conditions look good.

Producers in central and southeast Nebraska said conditions look mostly fair.

Producers in the southern Panhandle said parts of some fields still haven’t emerged and may not.

Also, high winds caused blowing in select areas last week.

Producers across the state agreed more moisture, cooler temperatures and snow cover were needed to prevent worsening conditions.