Scattered showers and cooler temperatures were found throughout parts of the state, towards the end of the week ending Nov. 11, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Kansas Field Office, Nov. 13.
Thirteen of 53 stations reported receiving over 1.0 inch of precipitation, with Holton receiving the most at 1.61 inches. Temperatures dipped down into the teens in areas of the state, with Colby reaching a low of 16 degrees. High temperatures ranged from 86 degrees in Ashland to 69 degrees in Oberlin. Kansas producers averaged 6.4 days suitable for fieldwork, with only the Northeastern District averaging less than 6.0 suitable working days. Topsoil moisture supplies were at 38 percent very short, 34 percent short, 26 percent adequate, and 2 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were at 53 percent very short, 33 percent short, 14 percent adequate, and none surplus.
Ninety-two percent of the Kansas wheat had emerged by week's end, identical to last year but ahead of the 5-year average of 87 percent. The condition of the crop was 4 percent very poor, 17 percent poor, 46 percent fair, 32 percent good, and 1 percent excellent. Eight percent of the soybean crop was harvested last week to reach 94 percent complete for the state. This is behind 95 percent last year but ahead of the 5-year average of 90 percent. The Southeast District had less than 85 percent of their soybeans harvested as of Nov. 11. Sorghum harvest reached 89 percent complete by Nov. 11, ahead of 86 percent last year and the 5-year average of 76 percent. Sixty-six percent of the cotton crop had been harvested as of Nov. 11. This is ahead of both last year at 50 percent and the 5-year average of 35 percent.
Range and pasture condition was rated as 51 percent very poor, 30 percent poor, 15 percent fair, and 4 percent good, continuing the worst range and pasture condition trend since the series started in 1995. Hay and forage supplies were rated as 35 percent very short, 38 percent short, 26 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus; while stock water supplies were 42 percent very short, 30 percent short, 28 percent adequate, and none surplus. Even though many areas across the state received beneficial showers, more precipitation is needed to support the emerging wheat crop and replenish the stock ponds.
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