Cold weather continues
For the week ending April 28, cold weather continued in Kansas, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Kansas Field Office, April 29.
Average temperatures were well below normal last week although the weekend saw a return of warmer conditions. Low temperatures again dropped below freezing in many areas. Precipitation in the form of rain and even some snow occurred mostly in the East Central and Southeast Districts but was not widespread enough to have a significant impact on the state’s topsoil moisture ratings. Topsoil moisture supplies were rated 16 percent very short, 20 percent short, 54 percent adequate, and 10 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were rated 30 percent very short, 33 percent short, 35 percent adequate, and 2 percent surplus. Producers averaged 2.7 days suitable for fieldwork last week.
The winter wheat crop was 53 percent jointed, behind 100 percent a year ago and 78 percent average. The wheat crop was 1 percent headed, well behind 70 percent a year ago, and 19 percent average. The condition of the crop was rated as 18 percent very poor, 21 percent poor, 34 percent fair, 25 percent good, and 2 percent excellent.
Corn planting was 7 percent complete, well behind 53 percent last year and 35 percent average. Corn emerged was 1 percent complete, behind 23 percent last year and 10 percent average.
The condition of Kansas range and pasture was rated as 38 percent very poor, 28 percent poor, 24 percent fair, 9 percent good, and 1 percent excellent. Hay and forage supplies were rated as 35 percent very short, 34 percent short, 31 percent adequate, and 0 percent surplus. Stock water supplies rated 24 percent very short, 28 percent short, 47 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus.
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