Drought areas should shrink or disappear across much of the Midwest between now and June, which should benefit spring crop planting that will start in a few weeks.
The National Weather Service on Thursday issued its latest seasonal drought outlook for the United States and it predicts the drought conditions remaining in central and western Iowa should disappear, while the drought area in Nebraska should shrink or improve.
The forecast, which is valid until June 30, shrinks the drought area in central and eastern portions of Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas, but shows drought persisting or intensifying in southwest Kansas, western Oklahoma and most of western Texas including the Panhandle.
Drought is forecast also to persist or intensify throughout California and much of Oregon.
Wheat prices have sped higher in recent weeks as dry areas in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas may hurt the winter wheat crop, which started its spring growth in some areas and will start soon in others.