For the week ending March 29, temperatures averaged 4 to 6 degrees above normal except in northeast Kansas, where temperatures were near normal, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Light precipitation was reported in eastern Kansas with amounts up to half an inch, while the west remained dry.
Producers reported an increase in field activities with the recent mild weather, including fertilizer and herbicide application, planting preparation, and moving cattle off crop residue. The lack of moisture was a concern in a number of counties. There were 5.8 days suitable for fieldwork.
Topsoil moisture rated 16 percent very short, 37 short, 46 adequate, and 1 surplus. Subsoil moisture rated 19 percent very short, 42 short, 39 adequate, and 0 surplus.
Field Crops Report: Winter wheat condition rated 4 percent very poor, 13 poor, 44 fair, 35 good, and 4 excellent. Winter wheat jointing was at 15 percent, ahead of 5 last year, but behind 18 average.
Livestock Report: Cattle and calf conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 2 poor, 31 fair, 60 good, and6 excellent. Cattle and calf death loss rated 0 percent heavy, 72 average, and 28 light.
Sheep and lamb conditions rated 0 percent very poor, 0 poor, 29 fair, 65 good, and 6 excellent. Sheep and lamb death loss rated 0 percent heavy, 63 average, and 37 light.
Hay and roughage supplies rated 2 percent very short, 10 short, 84 adequate, and 4 surplus.
Stock water supplies rated 14 percent very short, 26 short, 60 adequate, and 0 surplus.