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Precipitation was widespread during the week ending April 19 with all counties reporting significant moisture, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Kansas Field Office, April 20.

Producers averaged 1.7 days suitable for fieldwork. Topsoil moisture is rated as 1 percent very short, 6 percent short, 68 percent adequate, and 25 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture is rated as 1 percent very short, 12 percent short, 73 percent adequate, and 14 percent surplus. Moisture has again limited fieldwork for the previous week.

Fifty-four percent of the wheat has jointed, compared to 38 percent last year, and 69 percent for the 5-year average. The wheat condition is rated as 4 percent very poor, 12 percent poor, 40 percent fair, 40 percent good, and 4 percent excellent. Wind damage to wheat has been rated at 67 percent with no damage, 26 percent with light damage, 6 percent with moderate damage, and 1 percent with severe damage. Freeze damage has been rated at 58 percent with no damage, 29 percent with light damage, 10 percent with moderate damage, and 3 percent with severe freeze damage. Insect infestation of the wheat crop is rated at 83 percent none, 14 percent light, 2 percent moderate, and 1 percent severe. Disease infestation is rated at 80 percent none, 17 percent light, and 3 percent moderate. Eight percent of the Corn has been planted, compared to 5 percent last year and 23 percent for the 5-year average. Oats planting is 98 percent complete, compared to 95 percent in 2008, and 88 percent for the 5-year average.

Range and pasture condition is rated as 5 percent very poor, 12 percent poor, 36 percent fair, 43 percent good, and 4 percent excellent. Feed grain supplies were rated as 7 percent short, 91 percent adequate, and 2 percent surplus. Hay and forage supplies were rated as 11 percent short, 82 percent adequate, and 7 percent surplus. Stock water supplies were estimated as 8 percent short, 80 percent adequate, and 12 percent surplus.

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