Showers welcomed across much of state kansas
For the week ending July 21, spotty showers were welcomed across much of the state, with most areas receiving a half inch to an inch and a half of rain, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Kansas Field Office, July 22.
While western Kansas welcomed the showers, these were too little to improve the drought conditions, as dryland row crops and pastures continue to suffer. Failed dryland corn and sorghum crops are being reported in areas where rains have alluded, and where hail or wind damage has occurred. Average temperatures were cooler than normal in western and central Kansas, but a few degrees warmer than normal in the East Central District. There were 6.0 days suitable for fieldwork. Topsoil moisture supplies rated 31 percent very short, 40 percent short, 26 percent adequate, and 3 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 33 percent very short, 42 percent short, 25 percent adequate, and 0 percent surplus.
Corn silking was 56 percent, behind 81 last year and 74 average. Corn in dough was 9 percent, behind 43 percent last year and 19 percent average. Corn condition declined and rated 10 percent very poor, 20 percent poor, 39 percent fair, 28 percent good, and 3 percent excellent.
Sorghum heading was just underway at 3 percent, behind 17 percent last year and 9 percent average. Condition declined to 6 percent very poor, 15 percent poor, 43 percent fair, 34 percent good, and 2 percent excellent.
Soybeans were 35 percent blooming, behind 56 percent last year and 50 percent average. Setting pods were 4 percent, compared to 9 percent last year and 7 percent average. Condition rated 3 percent very poor, 10 percent poor, 46 percent fair, 39 percent good, and 2 percent excellent.
Cotton squaring was 66 percent, behind 82 percent last year and 80 percent average. The portion of the crop setting bolls was 7 percent, behind 25 percent last year and 11 percent average. Condition rated 0 percent very poor, 8 percent poor, 54 percent fair, 32 percent good, and 6 percent excellent.
Sunflower was 98 percent emerged, ahead of last year’s 94 percent and 93 percent average. Blooming was 10 percent, behind 18 percent last year but near 12 percent average. Condition rated 3 percent very poor, 11 percent poor, 39 percent fair, 41 percent good, and 6 percent excellent.
Alfalfa second cutting was 88 percent complete, well behind last year’s 100 percent and 95 percent average. Third cutting was 12 percent complete, well behind 59 percent last year and 28 percent average.
The condition of range and pasture rated 29 percent very poor, 26 percent poor, 28 percent fair, 16 percent good, and 1 percent excellent. Stock water supplies rated 20 percent very short, 22 percent short, 57 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus.