Cooler weather turns warm again Kansas
For the week ending Sept. 22, cooler temperatures and spotty rains early in the week changed to warm, dry, windy conditions by the end of the week for most of Kansas, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Kansas Field Office, Sept. 23.
Some areas received no moisture, while parts of eastern Kansas had up to three inches of rain. Where conditions allowed, farmers were harvesting high-moisture corn, seeding wheat, and preparing for fall harvest. There were 5.2 days suitable for fieldwork.
Topsoil moisture supplies rated 12 percent very short, 36 percent short, 50 percent adequate, and 2 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 17 percent very short, 39 percent short, 44 percent adequate, and 0 percent surplus.
Winter wheat planted was 13 percent, near 15 percent last year and 15 percent average. Wheat emerged was 3 percent, near 2 percent last year and equal to the average.
Corn dented was 96 percent, behind 100 percent last year and 99 percent average. Fifty-two percent of the crop was mature, behind 94 last year and 77 percent average. Corn harvested was 16 percent complete, well behind 62 percent last year, and 34 percent average. Corn condition rated 11 percent very poor, 18 percent poor, 32 percent fair, 31 percent good, and 8 percent excellent.
Sorghum coloring was 85 percent, ahead of 77 percent last year and 80 percent average. Sorghum mature was 16 percent, behind 27 percent last year and 24 percent average. Sorghum harvested was 1 percent, behind 8 percent last year and 5 percent average. Condition rated 6 percent very poor, 13 percent poor, 31 percent fair, 42 percent good, and 8 percent excellent.
Soybeans dropping leaves were 43 percent, near 45 percent last year and equal to 43 percent average. Soybeans harvested was 1 percent, behind 5 percent last year and near 2 percent average. Condition rated 3 percent very poor, 12 percent poor, 41 percent fair, 39 percent good, and 5 percent excellent.
The portion of the cotton crop setting bolls was 95 percent, behind 100 percent last year and 100 percent average. Cotton with open bolls was 29 percent, behind 59 percent last year and 41 percent average. Condition rated 2 percent very poor, 12 percent poor, 42 percent fair, 35 percent good, and 9 percent excellent.
Eighty-one percent of the sunflower acreage was in the ray flower dried stage, behind 85 percent last year but near 79 percent average. The portion of crop that had turned yellow was 59 percent, behind 71 percent last year but near 57 average. Sunflowers that turned brown were 27 percent, behind 34 percent last year but ahead of 19 percent average. Sunflowers harvested was 1 percent, behind 4 percent last year but equal to 1 percent average. Condition rated 7 percent very poor, 15 percent poor, 43 percent fair, 32 percent good, and 3 percent excellent.
The fourth cutting of alfalfa was 49 percent complete, behind 51 last year and 59 average.
The condition of range and pasture rated 17 percent very poor, 19 percent poor, 32 percent fair, 28 percent good, and 4 percent excellent. Stock water supplies rated 8 percent very short, 18 percent short, 72 percent adequate, and 2 percent surplus.