Hot and dry weather is stressful for developing wheat in the Great Plains. Maximum temperatures today are expected to be in the upper 70s F to low 80s, and 15-20 F above normal in hard red winter wheat. Strong gusty winds are developing causing a rapid depletion in topsoil moisture.
USDA reported Kansas wheat was completely out of dormancy March 11 and 4% was jointed. Topsoil moisture was rated at 35% short-very poor, 61% adequate and 4% surplus. Conditions are expected to deteriorate this week in the leading US wheat state... subscribers continue to full story...