Great Plains wheat has snow, but what is underneath?
In South Dakota the Crop Progress and Condition report indicates lesser amounts of snowfall than in states to the south, with the western part of South Dakota receiving only a fraction of an inch of precipitation during February and over two inches of water equivalent in the eastern portion of the state. Soil moisture was not reported. However snow cover for winter wheat was reported at 56 percent poor, 42 percent adequate and 2 percent excellent. Winter wheat condition was rated at 20 percent very poor, 46 percent poor, 31 percent fair, and 3 percent good.
Most of the US winter wheat crop is within drought territory, but February snow falls, some of them intense, have left 2-3 inches of water equivalent in areas where drought-damaged wheat remains in dormancy. Most wheat condition reports indicate that significant portions are in poor to very poor condition. What lies under the snow, should it provide needed moisture, will remain uncertain until it melts.
Source: FarmGate blog
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