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Weekly USDA wheat ratings slip in Kansas, Texas; improve in Oklahoma

March 14 (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service in a weekly crop report on Monday rated 23% of the Kansas winter wheat crop in good to excellent condition, down from 24% a week earlier.

* U.S. farmers planted 34.4 million acres (13.9 million hectares) of winter wheat for 2022, the most in six years, the USDA said on Jan. 12. However, dry conditions across the southern Plains have threatened crop prospects.

* Kansas is the biggest U.S. winter wheat producer. The USDA reported that topsoil moisture was short or very short in 72% of the state, an improvement from 81% the previous week.

* For Texas, the No. 2 winter wheat state by planted area, the USDA rated just 6% of the crop as good to excellent, down from 7% the previous week. The USDA rated 75% of the Texas crop as poor to very poor, steady with the previous week.

* The Texas corn crop was 27% planted, matching the state's five-year average.

* For Oklahoma, the USDA rated 24% of the winter wheat crop in good to excellent condition, up from 15% a week earlier.

* The USDA said 8% of Oklahoma's wheat had reached the "jointing" stage of growth, behind the five-year average of 14%.

* For Colorado, the USDA rated 18% of the winter wheat as good to excellent, a decline from 21% in the state's previous report, released in late February.

* In Arkansas, where farmers grow soft red winter wheat used to make cookies and snack foods, the USDA rated 71% of the state's wheat as good to excellent.

* The USDA rated 66% of the Louisiana winter wheat crop and 64% of Mississippi's wheat as good to excellent.

* Corn planting was 11% complete in Louisiana and 1% complete in Mississippi. (Reporting by Julie Ingwersen)

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