Fall harvest and wheat seeding continued to make good progress, in most areas across the state, during the past week, says the Kansas Agricultural Statistics Service Oct. 22.
Rains again held up work for a day or two, in many central and eastern counties.
Statewide, there were 5.6 days suitable for fieldwork during the week.
Topsoil moisture was rated 5% very short, 23% short, 70% adequate and 2% surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 9% very short, 30% short, 60% adequate and 1% surplus.
Wheat seeding progressed to 96% complete across the state, compared to 82% last year and the five-year average of 90%. Emergence is rated 85%, compared to 34% last year and the average of 65%. Wheat condition was rated 1% very poor, 3% poor, 24% fair, 60% good and 12% excellent. So far, wheat stands are rated mostly fair or better, in all districts, but dry conditions, in the western districts, will lead to deterioration in wheat stands, if moisture is not received soon.
All of the corn is mature, compared with 100% for last year and the five-year average. Eighty-nine percent of the acreage has been harvested for grain, compared to 99% last year and the average of 83%.
Ninety-nine percent of the soybean acreage was dropping leaves, compared with 100% for last year and the five-year average of 98%. Seventy-six percent of the soybean acres have been harvested, compared to 91% last year and the average of 70%.
Ninety-nine percent of the sorghum acreage is mature, compared with 100% last year and 97% for the five-year average. Seventy-nine percent of the grain sorghum has been harvested, compared with 95% last year and the average of 66%. Many of the fall crop acres remaining to be harvested are high moisture. Farmers are waiting for fields to dry down.
Ninety-nine percent of the sunflower acreage has begun to dry down, compared to 100% last year. Seventy-five percent of the crop has been harvested, compared to 86% last year.
Fourth cutting of alfalfa was 98% complete, compared to 99% last year and the five-year average of 100%.
Pasture conditions still are good for this time of year, except in the western districts, where dry conditions continue to stress rangeland. Supplemental feeding is reported in some areas.
Producers are continuing to wean calves and move cattle from summer pastures.
Pasture conditions were rated 10% very poor, 25% poor, 37% fair, 27% good and 1% excellent.
Hay and forage supplies were rated 3% very short, 18% short, 76% adequate and 3% surplus.
Stock water supplies were rated 4% very short, 16% short, 79% adequate and 1% surplus.