Agricultural Summary: Temperatures last week continued to be below normal across Kansas with the exception of the northwest. Many areas received additional precipitation with heaviest amounts in the southwest, north central and southeast. Cherokee County led the State with 1.99 inches, followed by Saline with 1.79 inches and Clay with 1.74 inches. In contrast, the Northwest and South Central Districts received almost no moisture. With the cool, wet conditions, producers averaged only 1.8 days suitable for fieldwork. Topsoil moisture supplies were rated at 1 percent short, 59 percent adequate, and 40 percent surplus. The subsoil moisture supplies were rated at 1 percent very short, 3 percent short, 65 percent adequate, and 31 percent surplus. Field activities primarily involved top dressing fertilizer and spraying herbicide when fields were dry enough, along with limited field preparation for corn planting.
Field Crop Report: With the continued cool and wet weather last week, the winter wheat crop is still lagging behind, with jointing only advancing 2 percent. Eighty-eight percent of the acreage has broken dormancy, and of that, 8 percent is now jointed, behind 12 percent for last year and the 5-year average of 17 percent. Wheat condition was rated at 1 percent very poor, 4 percent poor, 25 percent fair, 58 percent good, and 12 percent excellent. Wind damage to the wheat crop was reported at 86 percent with none, 12 percent with light damage, and 2 percent with moderate damage. Eighty-five percent of the wheat crop was reported with no freeze damage, 13 percent with light damage, and 2 percent with moderate damage. Minimal insect and disease infestation was reported with only 3 percent with light insect damage and only 5 percent with light disease damage.
Feed Supplies Report: Range and pasture conditions were rated at 2 percent very poor, 8 percent poor, 29 percent fair, 55 percent good, and 6 percent excellent. Feed grain supplies were rated at 3 percent short, 88 percent adequate, and 9 percent surplus. Hay and forage supplies were rated at 1 percent very short, 10 percent short, 81 percent adequate, and 8 percent surplus. Stock water supplies were rated at 2 percent short, 81 percent adequate and 17 percent surplus. Calving is drawing to a close in many areas, but cattlemen are still having difficulty with muddy pens and feedlots.