As of June 24, temperatures continued to be warmer than usual across Kansas, as most areas saw 2 to 6 degrees above normal, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics, Service Kansas Field Office. Isolated thunderstorms brought much-needed rain to some areas, while others, even in the same county, received little to no moisture. Steady winds and warmer temperatures to end the week helped wheat fields dry down. Farmers in southern Kansas are rapidly harvesting wheat, with harvest reports as far north as Hays and Beloit. Producers took advantage of the average 5.6 days suitable for fieldwork to combine wheat, finish planting sorghum, cut hay, and start planting double-crop soybeans.
Topsoil moisture supplies rated 14 percent very short, 26 short, 55 adequate, and 5 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 24 percent very short, 28 short, 47 adequate, and 1 surplus.