Map: Seasonal Drought Outlook Unfavourable for Winter Wheat 

The latest seasonal drought outlook from the US Climate Prediction Center continues to paint a worrisome picture for the 2023 US winter wheat crop, as well as parts of the Midwest. 

As can be seen on the map below, drought is expected to persist or expand through the September-December period across much of the southern Plains, including the No. 1 winter wheat production state of Kansas, where the planting of next year’s wheat crop is now underway. Meanwhile, the dryness that afflicted large portions of the western Corn Belt this summer also appears poised to continue.  

The central and southern portions of the High Plains “remain entrenched in moderate to exceptional drought,” the outlook said, although it did add that recent weather systems did bring some localized relief to portions of Colorado, Wyoming and western South Dakota. 

In general, however, drought conditions have worsened across parts of South Dakota, Nebraska and Kansas, with the most significant drought impacts existing across Nebraska and Kansas, the outlook said. 

As of Sunday, topsoil moisture in Kansas was rated 84% short to very short, while Nebraska was rated 80% short to very short. Iowa topsoil moisture was rated 42% short to very short as of Sunday. 

Seasonal drought outlook

Source: DePutter Publishing Ltd.

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