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Winter wheat in US states under grip of drought

In Illinois 55% of crop was deemed under excellent condition when compared with 31% in Kansas where hard red winter wheat is grown which is used mainly in bread cakes and biscuits.

April 06, 2011 3:11 IST | India Infoline News Service

US winter wheat seedlings are threatened by drought and are facing the worst situation since 2002. The US Department of Agriculture or USDA in its first assessment of domestic wheat crops pegged only 37% being in excellent condition according to agrimoney.com.


In Illinois 55% of crop was deemed under excellent condition when compared with 31% in Kansas where hard red winter wheat is grown which is used mainly in bread cakes and biscuits. Soft red winter wheat is grown in Illinois which has received ample moisture. Among the Texan crop only 12% was in excellent condition. 


Also the officials also expect the possibility of occurrence of high bush fires. In fact Oklahoma has already reported multiple fires. Ninety two per cent of the state is officially estimated to be under drought with parts of state registering their driest March. 


High winds are another threatening factor. However wheat continues to rally clutching the coat tails of corn Kansas City May wheat has climbed almost $2 a bushel.




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