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Upper Midwest winter wheat lacks ground cover but still OK, according to USDA

Published 02/20/2012, Associated Press

In the most recent U.S. Department of Agriculture reports, released at the end of January, snow cover for the winter wheat crop was rated as 80 percent poor in North Dakota, 87 percent poor in South Dakota and 87 percent poor or very poor in Montana. No such estimates were made for Minnesota, which has a negligible 50,000 acres of seeded winter wheat.

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