According to USDA Meteorologist Brad Rippey the forecast over the next two weeks is for dry conditions, which he says could affect winter wheat establishment.
"At this point we see still lots of soil moisture across the Northern Plains," Rippey said. "But there are few areas across the Central and Southern Plains from Kansas and Colorado southward into Texas that have begun to dry out a little bit."
Rippey says top soils are drying out and there could be some serious ramifications for the 2011 wheat crop. Temperatures are expected to range from the high 70s to low 80s in the Central and Southern Plains over the next two weeks.
"The conditions are a little bit on the dry side," Rippey said. "With very little rain expected into the middle part of October and perhaps beyond, we do need to be concerned with winter wheat establishment conditions."