TOPEKA, KS, July 22, 2013 -- For the week ending July 21, 2013, spotty showers were welcomed across much of the State, with most areas receiving a half inch to an inch and a half of rain, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. While western Kansas welcomed the showers, these were too little to improve the drought conditions, as dryland row crops and pastures continue to suffer. Failed dryland corn and sorghum crops are being reported in areas where rains have alluded, and where hail or wind damage has occurred. Average temperatures were cooler than normal in western and central Kansas, but a few degrees warmer than normal in the East Central District. There were 6.0 days suitable for fieldwork. Topsoil moisture supplies rated 31 percent very short, 40 short, 26 adequate, and 3 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 33 percent very short, 42 short, 25 adequate, and 0 surplus.
Field Crops Report: Corn silking was 56 percent, behind 81 last year and 74 average. Corn in dough was 9 percent, behind 43 last year and 19 average. Corn condition declined and rated 10 percent very poor, 20 poor, 39 fair, 28 good, and 3 excellent.
Sorghum heading was just underway at 3 percent, behind 17 last year and 9 average. Condition declined to 6 percent very poor, 15 poor, 43 fair, 34 good, and 2 excellent.
Soybeans were 35 percent blooming, behind 56 last year and 50 average. Setting pods were 4 percent, compared to 9 last year and 7 average. Condition rated 3 percent very poor, 10 poor, 46 fair, 39 good, and 2 excellent.
Cotton squaring was 66 percent, behind 82 last year and 80 average. The portion of the crop setting bolls was 7 percent, behind 25 last year and 11 average. Condition rated 0 percent very poor, 8 poor, 54 fair, 32 good, and 6 excellent.
Sunflower was 98 percent emerged, ahead of last year’s 94 and 93 average. Blooming was 10 percent, behind 18 last year but near 12 average. Condition rated 3 percent very poor, 11 poor, 39 fair, 41 good, and 6 excellent.
Alfalfa second cutting was 88 percent complete, well behind last year’s 100 and 95 average. Third cutting was 12 percent complete, well behind 59 last year and 28 average.
Livestock, Pasture and Range Report: The condition of range and pasture rated 29 percent very poor, 26 poor, 28 fair, 16 good, and 1 excellent. Stock water supplies rated 20 percent very short, 22 short, 57 adequate, and 1 surplus.