In a crop progress report issued Monday, the Department said wheat in 18 states rated 26 percent very poor or poor, 41 percent fair and 33 percent good or excellent. These are the worst ratings since 1985.
USDA numbers reflected this week what farmers have known for awhile: much of the nation’s winter wheat land is bone dry and struggling to produce a crop.
By comparison, last year at this point, 13 percent was very poor or poor, 35 percent was fair, and 52 percent was good or excellent.
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