Warmer temps needed to assess wheat freeze damage kansas
For the week ending April 21, the cold spell continued across Kansas, with average temperatures at least ten degrees below normal for most of the state, and lows dropping below freezing in many areas, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Kansas Field Office, April 22.
Warmer temperatures are needed for farmers to assess the freeze damage to their wheat crop. Rains in most of the eastern half of the state early in the week helped replenish some farm ponds, but halted early corn planting. Moisture accumulations between one and two inches were common, with isolated areas in far northeast Kansas reporting more than three inches of much-needed precipitation. Topsoil moisture supplies were rated 15 percent very short, 23 percent short, 53 percent adequate, and 9 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were rated 33 percent very short, 35 percent short, 31 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus. Producers averaged 3.0 days suitable for fieldwork last week.
The winter wheat crop was 43 percent jointed, behind 96 percent a year ago and 63 percent average. The condition of the crop was rated as 16 percent very poor, 21 percent poor, 33 percent fair, 27 percent good, and 3 percent excellent. Farmers in the western third of state are still evaluating the impact of freezing temperatures on their crop, with more than half of the state’s acreage reported as having no damage.
Corn planting was 5 percent complete, behind 30 percent last year and 20 percent average.
The condition of Kansas range and pasture was rated as 39 percent very poor, 29 percent poor, 25 percent fair, 6 percent good, and 1 percent excellent. Nearly 75 percent of hay and forage supplies were very short and short as it was rated as 36 percent very short, 35 percent short, 28 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus. Stock water supplies rated 28 percent very short, 29 percent short, 42 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus.
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