For the week ending August 25, 2013, temperatures returned to normal levels across most of Kansas after an unusually cool first half of August,  according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Fields wet from rains earlier in the month dried out in the hot, windy conditions last week, with no significant precipitation reported throughout the State. Farmers were able to catch up on haying and herbicide spraying activities, along with wheat planting preparation.  Additionally, most row crops benefited from the warmer temperatures.

There were 6.2 days suitable for fieldwork.  Topsoil moisture supplies rated 8 percent very short, 20 short, 65 adequate, and 7 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 14 percent very short, 19 short, 62 adequate, and 5 surplus.

Field Crops Report: Corn in dough was 87 percent, behind 96 last year and 92 average.  Corn dented was 37 percent, well behind 80 last year and 64 average.  One percent of the crop was mature, behind 50 last year and 22 average.  Corn condition rated 11 percent very poor, 17 poor, 32 fair, 34 good, and 6 excellent.

Sorghum  heading was  86 percent,  ahead of  76 last year  and 81 average.   Sorghum coloring was  16 percent, behind 33 last year and 25 average.  Condition rated 4 percent very poor, 10 poor, 32 fair, 46 good, and 8 excellent.

Soybeans were 91 percent blooming, behind 94 last year and 95 average.  Setting pods were 72 percent, compared to

75 last year and 78 average.  Condition rated 2 percent very poor, 8 poor, 30 fair, 51 good, and 9 excellent.

Cotton  squaring was  93 percent, behind  99 last year and  100 average.  The  portion of the  crop setting bolls was 67 percent, behind 86 last year and 86 average. Cotton with open bolls was 2 percent, behind 18 last year and 8 average.  Condition rated 2 percent very poor, 7 poor, 45 fair, 35 good, and 11 excellent.

Sunflower blooming was 85 percent, equal to 85 last year and near 82 average.  Twenty percent of the sunflowers were in the ray flower dried stage, behind 38 last year and 25 average.  Crop that had turned yellow was 3 percent, behind 16 percent last year and 7 average.  Condition rated 4 percent very poor, 12 poor, 43 fair, 38 good, and 3 excellent.

The third cutting  of alfalfa  was  80 percent complete, behind  89 last year and  91 average.   The fourth cutting was 6 percent complete, behind 28 last year and 20 average.

Livestock, Pasture and Range Report:  The condition of range and pasture rated 16 percent very poor, 17 poor, 29 fair, 34 good, and 4 excellent.  Stock water supplies rated 7 percent very short, 16 short, 69 adequate, and 8 surplus.