Wheat harvest moving north Kansas
For the week ending July 7, dry conditions with mild temperatures across most of Kansas helped wheat harvest pick up speed in the north with most farmers in southern and central parts of the state now finished, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Kansas Field Office, July 8.
The break from the hot summer temperatures was welcomed for the Independence Day week with temperatures across the state averaging two to six degrees below normal. While the lack of moisture was advantageous for wheat farmers harvesting their fields, some row crops were suffering in areas needing rain, particularly in western Kansas. There were 6.8 days suitable for fieldwork. Topsoil moisture supplies rated 21 percent very short, 47 percent short, 31 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 28 percent very short, 38 percent short, 34 percent adequate, and 0 percent surplus.
The winter wheat crop was 99 percent ripe, compared to 100 percent last year and 99 percent average. The crop was 87 percent harvested, behind last year’s 100 percent but near 89 percent average.
Corn silking was 12 percent, behind 59 percent last year and 37 percent average. Corn condition rated 3 percent very poor, 11 percent poor, 37 percent fair, 43 percent good, and 6 percent excellent.
Sorghum was 94 percent emerged, near 93 percent last year and 92 percent average. Condition rated 2 percent very poor, 12 percent poor, 43 percent fair, 42 percent good, and 1 percent excellent.
Soybeans were 96 percent emerged, compared 100 percent last year and 96 percent average. The crop was 4 percent blooming, behind 29 percent last year and 17 percent average. Condition rated 1 percent very poor, 3 percent poor, 37 percent fair, 56 percent good, and 3 percent excellent.
Cotton planting was 95 percent complete, behind 100 percent last year and 100 percent average. The amount of crop squaring was 16 percent, well behind 64 percent last year and 50 percent average. Condition rated 0 percent very poor, 5 percent poor, 47 percent fair, 38 percent good, and 10 percent excellent.
Sunflower planting was 97 percent complete, ahead of last year’s 95 percent and 89 percent average. The crop was 83 percent emerged, behind last year’s 89 percent but ahead of 77 percent average. Condition rated 0 percent very poor, 6 percent poor, 47 percent fair, 42 percent good, and 5 percent excellent.
Alfalfa second cutting was 48 percent complete, well behind last year’s 97 percent and 78 percent average.
The condition of range and pasture rated 26 percent very poor, 19 percent poor, 24 percent fair, 27 percent good, and 4 percent excellent. Hay and forage supplies rated 24 percent very short, 16 percent short, 57 percent adequate, and 3 percent surplus. Stock water supplies rated 17 percent very short, 20 percent short, 62 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus.