For the week ending April 27, most of eastern and north central Kansas received significant precipitation, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Kansas Field Office, April 28.
However, only limited amounts of moisture were recorded in western drought counties. Average temperatures were four to eight degrees above normal for the week. Many farmers took advantage of the good weather to plant corn before the rains came. There were 5.4 days suitable for fieldwork. Topsoil moisture supplies improved to 27 percent very short, 40 percent short, 32 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 28 percent very short, 44 percent short, 28 percent adequate, and 0 percent surplus.
Winter wheat condition rated 13 percent very poor, 24 percent poor, 42 percent fair, 20 percent good, and 1 percent excellent. Winter wheat jointed was 56 percent, near 52 percent last year but behind the five-year average of 74 percent. Winter wheat headed was 4 percent, compared to 1 percent last year and 17 percent average. Corn planted was 37 percent complete, ahead of 7 percent last year and 30 percent average. Corn emerged was 11 percent, compared to 1 percent last year and 9 percent average. Cotton planted was 1 percent complete, compared to 0 percent last year and 1 percent average. Soybeans planted was 1 percent complete, compared to 0 percent last year and 1 percent average.
Cattle and calf conditions were 1 percent very poor, 5 percent poor, 32 percent fair, 55 percent good, and 7 percent excellent. Cattle and calf losses were 22 percent below normal, 77 percent normal, and 1 percent above normal. Sheep and lamb conditions were 0 percent very poor, 1 percent poor, 36 percent fair, 59 percent good, and 4 percent excellent. Sheep and lamb losses were 17 percent below normal, 81 percent normal, and 2 percent above normal. Hay and forage supplies rated 6 percent very short, 15 percent short, 75 percent adequate, and 4 percent surplus. Stock water supplies were rated 16 percent very short, 28 percent short, 56 percent adequate, and 0 percent surplus.
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