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

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  • For the week ending September 1, 2013, another week of warm and dry conditions advanced crop development across the state, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Producers were busy harvesting hay and silage crops, applying pesticides, and preparing fields for fall seeding.  Dryland corn harvest got underway in a few areas. There were 6.8 days suitable for fieldwork.   
    Topsoil moisture supplies rated 13 percent very short,  39 short,  46 adequate, and  2 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies  were 17 percent very short, 32 short, 50 adequate, and 1 surplus.
    Field Crops Report: Corn in dough was 94 percent, behind 100 last year and 96 average.  Corn dented was 56 percent, well behind 89 last year and 78 average.  Four percent of the crop was mature, well behind 60 last year and 33 average.  Corn condition rated 13 percent very poor, 17 poor, 31 fair, 32 good, and 7 excellent.
    Sorghum  heading was  95 percent,  ahead of  83 last year  and 88 average.   Sorghum coloring was  30 percent, behind 44 last year and 41 average.  Condition rated 5 percent very poor, 13 poor, 32 fair, 43 good, and 7 excellent.
    Soybeans were 96 percent blooming, behind 99 last year and 99 average.  Setting pods were 83 percent, compared to 85 last year and 88 average.  Soybeans dropping leaves were 3 percent, behind 13 last year and 5 average.  Condition rated 2 percent very poor, 9 poor, 33 fair, 49 good, and 7 excellent.
    Cotton squaring was  97 percent, behind  100 last year and  100 average.  The  portion of the  crop setting bolls was 72 percent, behind  90 last year and  93 average. Cotton with open bolls was  5 percent, behind  25 last year and  14 average.  Condition rated 2 percent very poor, 11 poor, 45 fair, 36 good, and 6 excellent.
    Sunflower blooming was 93 percent, ahead of 89 last year and 89 average.  Thirty-nine percent of the sunflowers were in the ray flower dried stage, behind  48 last year but ahead of 37 average.  Crop that had turned yellow was  9 percent, behind  26 percent last year and  14 average.   Condition rated  5 percent very poor,  13 poor,  42 fair,  37 good, and 3 excellent.
    The third cutting of alfalfa was 95 percent complete, ahead 90 last year but equal to 95 average.  The fourth cutting was 15 percent complete, behind 32 last year and 31 average.
    Livestock, Pasture and Range Report:  The condition of range and pasture rated 17 percent very poor, 19 poor, 33 fair, 27 good, and 4 excellent.  Stock water supplies rated 8 percent very short, 18 short, 70 adequate, and 4 surplus.

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