Nearly half of U.S. pastures and rangelands rated poor to very poor
Land conditions across the U.S. are not getting any better.
USDA Meteorologist, Brad Rippey says that when it comes to topsoil moisture numbers, the short to very short ratings are higher than at any other time during this two-year drought.
This spells trouble for wheat-producing states.
According to Rippey, “You start thinking about lack of moisture for winter wheat establishment and germination... That’s certainly a big concern.”
It is not just topsoil!
Pasture and rangeland have also taken a major hit due to drought. Right now, nearly half of it is rated poor to very poor.