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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Ag Minute: Crop Weather Report

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  • For the week ending August 18, 2013, unseasonably cool temperatures spread across Kansas, with isolated thunderstorms  bringing moisture to some areas of the State, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.
    There were reports of flooding in some low lying areas, along with yellowing soybeans and downed hay, as fields need to dry out. Where the rains missed and field conditions were drier, farmers were spraying pesticides, working hay fields, and preparing to plant their winter wheat crop. There were 3.3 days suitable for fieldwork.  Topsoil moisture supplies rated 7 percent very short, 12 short, 63 adequate, and 18 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 13 percent very short, 18 short, 60 adequate, and 9 surplus.
    Field Crops Report: Corn in dough was 74 percent, behind 92 last year and 83 average.  Corn dented was 19 percent, well behind  72 last year and  48 average.  Corn condition rated 11 percent very poor,  17 poor, 31 fair, 35 good, and 6 excellent.
    Sorghum  heading was  70 percent,  ahead of  65 last year  but equal to  70 average.  Sorghum coloring was  7 percent, behind 20 last year and 13 average.  Condition rated 5 percent very poor, 11 poor, 32 fair, 45 good, and 7 excellent.
    Soybeans were 85 percent blooming, behind 90 last year and 90 average.  Setting pods were 56 percent, compared to 62 last year and 65 average.  Condition rated 2 percent very poor, 8 poor, 29 fair, 54 good, and 7 excellent.
    Cotton squaring was 86 percent, behind 95 last year and 98 average.  The portion of the crop setting bolls was 45 percent, behind 77 last year and 76 average. Cotton with open bolls was 1 percent, behind 9 last year and 4 average.  Condition rated 1 percent very poor, 10 poor, 43 fair, 37 good, and 9 excellent.
    Sunflower blooming was 65 percent, behind 75 last year and 71 average.  Twelve percent of the sunflowers were in the ray flower dried stage, behind  32 last year and 15 average.  Condition rated  4 percent very poor,  14 poor,  46 fair, 34 good, and 2 excellent.
    Third cutting of alfalfa was 52 percent complete, behind 87 last year and 86 average.  The fourth cutting was 1 percent complete, behind 22 last year and 10 average.
    Livestock, Pasture and Range Report:  The condition of range and pasture rated 16 percent very poor, 19 poor, 28 fair, 33 good, and 4 excellent.  Stock water supplies rated 10 percent very short, 15 short, 64 adequate, and 11 surplus.

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