What started this year as a promising Nebraska winter wheat crop is slowly taking a hit from lingering dry weather.
The Nebraska Agricultural Statistics Service says the June first crop condition is down four bushels an acre from the average yield of 39 bushels a month ago. The 35 bushels is 11 off of last year's average and four below the ten-year average.
The service says the 2004 winter wheat crop now is forecast at 64.8 million bushels, down 23-percent from last year.
The service says as of May 30, topsoil moisture in major wheat growing areas was rated mostly short to very short.
The crop condition rates 42-percent poor to very poor with development ahead of normal at 86-percent of the crop headed.