Mild temps, some rain helps recently planted crops Kansas
For the week ending June 9, mild temperatures across Kansas with occasional rain showers in most areas, helped sprout recently planted crops, but slowed farmers who still have soybeans and sorghum to plant, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Kansas Field Office, June 10.
Many wet fields from the previous week are slow to dry out, causing further planting delays, especially in low-lying areas. Despite some scattered showers, most of western Kansas is still extremely dry. Average temperatures were in the 60s across the state for the week. For central and eastern Kansas, temperatures were 4 to 6 degrees below normal with rain totals mostly between 0.5 and 1.5 inches.
Reports of replenished farm ponds and excellent pastures in the eastern third of the state have cattlemen relieved and hay producers busy cutting brome hay. Topsoil moisture supplies were rated 16 percent very short, 19 short, 53 adequate, and 12 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were rated 26 percent very short, 26 percent short, 43 percent adequate, and 5 percent surplus. Producers averaged 4.3 days suitable for fieldwork last week.
The winter wheat crop was turning color on 22 percent of the acreage, behind 99 percent a year ago and 67 percent average. A few fields were considered ripe but totaled less than 1 percent, compared to 85 percent last year and 27 percent average. Condition rated 26 percent very poor, 21 percent poor, 25 percent fair, 24 percent good, and 4 percent excellent. Corn planting was virtually complete. Ninety-one percent of the crop was emerged, behind 100 percent last year and 96 percent average. Condition rated 3 percent very poor, 5 percent poor, 32 percent fair, 54 percent good, and 6 percent excellent.
Sorghum planting was 54 percent complete, behind 78 last year and 60 average. The crop was 24 percent emerged, behind 52 last year and 32 average.
Soybean planting advanced to 66 percent complete, well behind 90 last year and 77 average. The crop was 43 percent emerged, behind 78 last year and 59 average. Condition rated 1 percent very poor, 2 poor, 33 fair, 61 good, and 3 excellent.
Cotton planting was 56 percent complete, well behind 94 last year and 84 average. Condition rated 0 percent very poor, 1 poor, 42 fair, 49 good, and 8 excellent. Sunflower planting was 41 percent complete, behind last year’s 61 but ahead of 39 average. Alfalfa first cutting was 66 percent complete, well behind 100 last year and 89 average.
The condition of range and pasture rated 27 percent very poor, 18 poor, 24 fair, 25 good, and 6 excellent. Hay and forage supplies rated 32 percent very short, 27 short, 40 adequate, and 1 surplus. Stock water supplies rated 16 percent very short, 19 short, 61 adequate, and 4 surplus.