U.S. HARD RED WHEAT BELT DRY

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Most of the U.S. hard red winter wheat region was expected to remain dry last week. Topsoil moisture was 80 to 90 per cent short to very short in the western third of Kansas and 75 to 80 percent short in eastern Colorado and southwestern Nebraska, according to the weekly state crop reports issued last Monday. But earlier rains in Oklahoma, the Texas Panhandle and in central Kansas replenished soil moisture significantly. USDA said 46 percent of the winter wheat crop was good to excellent – the lowest winter wheat rating for mid-November since 2001. – Reuters

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