Wheat Forecast

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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.