For the week ending Sept. 29, temperatures averaged slightly warmer than normal, but damp conditions slowed corn harvest across most of the State, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.
Some counties in northwest Kansas received more than an inch of rain, while most areas received around a half inch which was good moisture for newly seeded wheat. There were 6.0 days suitable for fieldwork. Topsoil moisture supplies rated 13 percent very short, 35 short, 50 adequate, and 2 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 21 percent very short, 37 short, 42 adequate, and 0 surplus.
Field Crops Report: Winter wheat planted was 33 percent, near 37 last year and 35 average. Emerged was 8 percent, near 9 last year and 10 average.
Seventy-seven percent of the corn crop was mature, behind 98 last year and 88 average. Corn harvested was 26 percent complete, well behind 73 last year, and 45 average. Corn condition rated 13 percent very poor, 17 poor, 30 fair, 33 good, and 7 excellent.
Sorghum coloring was 93 percent, ahead of 82 last year and 86 average. However, sorghum mature was 28 percent, behind 39 last year and 37 average. Sorghum harvested was 3 percent, behind 12 last year and 8 average. Condition rated 6 percent very
poor, 14 poor, 31 fair, 41 good, and 8 excellent.
Soybeans dropping leaves were 66 percent, ahead of 59 last year and 60 average. Soybeans harvested was 8 percent, near 11 last year and 9 average. Condition rated 3 percent very poor, 11 poor, 40 fair, 41 good, and 5 excellent.
Cotton with open bolls was 45 percent, behind 69 last year and 56 average. Condition rated 2 percent very poor, 12 poor, 46 fair, 34 good, and 6 excellent.
Eighty-seven percent of the sunflower acreage was in the ray flower dried stage, behind 91 last year but equal to the average. The portion of crop that had turned yellow was 71 percent, behind 81 percent last year but equal to the average. Sunflowers that turned brown were 47 percent, behind 53 last year but ahead of 33 average. Sunflowers harvested was 7 percent, near 9 last year and 5 average. Condition rated 8 percent very poor, 17 poor, 44 fair, 29 good, and 2 excellent.
The fourth cutting of alfalfa was 61 percent complete, near 60 last year but behind 68 average.
Livestock, Pasture and Range Report: The condition of range and pasture rated 18 percent very poor, 19 poor, 34 fair, 26 good, and 3 excellent. Stock water supplies rated 12 percent very short, 17 short, 68 adequate, and 3 surplus.