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Much needed moisture received


For the week ending March 10, many areas of Kansas continued to receive much needed moisture according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Kansas Field Office, March 11.

The Kansas wheat crop has started to green up and operators are top-dressing fields where conditions permit. Spring calving has progressed smoothly even with the additional moisture although many producers are hauling water to cattle. Topsoil moisture supplies were rated as 18 percent very short, 30 percent short, 46 percent adequate, and 6 percent surplus. Kansas subsoil moisture supplies were rated as 41 percent very short,42 percent short, 16 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus. Producers averaged only 2.3 days suitable for fieldwork last week.

Precipitation and temperature data are now being provided through the High Plains Regional Climate Center. See link below for the latest updates. A link to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor graphic is also provided.

The condition of the Kansas winter wheat crop was rated as 11 percent very poor, 21 percent poor, 41 percent fair, 26 percent good, and 1 percent excellent. Eighty-one percent of the crop had no wind damage, 14 percent had light wind damage, 4 percent had moderate wind damage, and 1 percent had severe wind damage. Eight-six percent of the crop had no freeze damage, 9 percent had light freeze damage, 4 percent had moderate freeze damage, and 1 percent had severe freeze damage.

The condition of Kansas range and pasture was rated as 49 percent very poor, 32 percent poor, 16 percent fair, and 3 percent good. Feed grain supplies were 21 percent very short, 25 percent short, 52 percent adequate, and 2 percent surplus. Hay and forage supplies were 38 percent very short, 37 percent short, 24 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus. Stock water supplies were rated as 41 percent very short, 31 percent short, 28 percent adequate, and 0 percent surplus.

Date: 3/18/2013


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