Rains in the forecast for Midwest, helping to alleviate drought.
The latest Drought Monitor shows that drought continues to worsen in the southern High Plains. Across the continental U.S., 0.55 percent of the country is in D4 (Exceptional) drought.
Kansas cropland values are slipping, but pasture values up nearly 7 percent.
But a majority of the country is still covered by some form of drought.
China has an estimated total cattle herd of 96.85 million head in 2018, slightly larger than the current U.S. herd of 94.4 million head.
Moisture came to about two-thirds of the country last week, dropping heavy precipitation from the southern Great Plains northeastward into the northern Appalachians. But many areas remains in significant drought.
Frigid temps in the Northern Plains and upper Midwest remain in effect.
Central and Southern Plains still covered by drought.