Excellent harvest weather across state Kansas
The week ending Oct. 27, had farmer’s enjoying excellent harvest weather across Kansas with no precipitation and cooler than normal temperatures, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Kansas Field Office, Oct. 28.
Temperatures were four to ten degrees below normal in the eastern half of the State and warmer in the western half.
Producers were harvesting soybean fields as quickly as they would dry down, with sorghum harvest also progressing rapidly. Remaining corn fields have been slow to dry down. There were 6.5 days suitable for fieldwork. Topsoil moisture supplies rated 11 percent very short, 32 percent short, 56 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 18 percent very short, 35 percent short, 47 percent adequate, and 0 percent surplus.
Winter wheat planted was 94 percent, near 95 percent last year and ahead of 90 percent average. Emerged was 74 percent, equal to last year and 72 percent average. Wheat condition rated 1 percent very poor, 2 percent poor, 38 percent fair, 55 percent good, and 4 percent excellent.
Corn harvest was 81 percent complete, behind 97 percent last year, but ahead of 78 percent average.
Sorghum mature was 94 percent, ahead of 92 percent last year and 90 percent average. Sorghum harvested was 53 percent, near 52 percent last year and ahead of 44 percent average. Condition rated 7 percent very poor, 15 percent poor, 31 percent fair, 39 percent good, and 8 percent excellent.
Soybeans harvested was 75 percent, ahead of 72 percent last year and 69 percent average.
Cotton with open bolls was 85 percent, behind 98 percent last year and 90 percent average. Eight percent of the crop was harvested, behind 24 percent last year and 11 percent average. Condition rated 2 percent very poor, 8 percent poor, 51 percent fair, 34 percent good, and 5 percent excellent.
Sunflowers that turned brown were 93 percent, behind 94 percent last year, but ahead of 86 percent average. Sunflowers harvested was 47 percent, behind 53 percent last year but ahead of 38 percent average. Condition rated 7 percent very poor, 17 percent poor, 43 percent fair, 30 percent good, and 3 percent excellent.
The fourth cutting of alfalfa was 88 percent complete, ahead of 83 percent last year and near 89 percent average.
The condition of range and pasture rated 17 percent very poor, 19 percent poor, 34 percent fair, 28 percent good, and 2 percent excellent. Stock water supplies rated 10 percent very short, 16 percent short, 72 percent adequate, and 2 percent surplus.