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Drought conditions worry farmers as planting begins

posted on April 7, 2000


THE INVESTMENT COMMUNITY IS REASSURED BY LOW LONG-TERM INTEREST RATES, SOLIDIFYING THE OUTLOOK FOR CONTINUED ECONOMIC EXPANSION.

IN RURAL AMERICA WHERE THE STATISTICS ARE TIED MORE CLOSELY TO ACTUAL PRODUCTION THE OUTLOOK IS MORE SHORT-TERM AND LESS CERTAIN. A CASE IN POINT IS THE CURRENT PROGRESS OF A SPRING RITUAL CONDUCTED DURING A PERIOD OF METEOROLOGICAL UNCERTAINTY.

ACROSS THE NATION SPRING PLANTING IS JUST UNDERWAY. AT THE BEGINNING OF THE WEEK TWO PERCENT OF THE CROP HAD BEEN PLANTED IN THE MAJOR CORN PRODUCING STATES. MOST OF THAT IN TEXAS WHERE MORE THAN HALF OF TH E TEXAS CORN ACREAGE HAD BEEN SEEDED. MUCH OF THE PROGRESS IN THE LONE START STATE IS ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE DRY WEATHER. BUT ON ANOTHER FRONT THAT WEATHER IS TAKING A TOLL.

WHILE 60 PERCENT OF THE U.S. WINTER WHEAT CROP IS RATED GOOD OR EXCELLENT, 59 PERCENT OF THE TEXAS WHEAT CROP IS IN POOR OR VERY POOR CONDITION.

ELSEWHERE IN THE SOUTH AND WEST FOUR PERCENT OF THE U.S. COTTON CROP HAS BEEN PLANTED - MOST OF THAT IN CALIFORNIA AND IN PARCHED TEXAS.

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