Row crop conditions remain relatively unchanged from last week, as scattered rainfall was received across parts of the state, said the Kansas Agricultural Statistics Service, Sept. 10.
Statewide, there were 5.8 days suitable for field work during the week.
Topsoil moisture was rated 11% very short, 39% short, 49% adequate and 1% surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 16% very short, 43% short and 41% adequate.
Ninety-two percent of the corn has dented, compared with 99% last year and the five-year average of 93%. Fifty-eight percent of the corn was mature, compared with 85% last year and the average of 56%. Twenty-one percent of the crop has been harvested for grain, compared to 32% last year and the five-year average of 14%. Corn condition was rated 7% very poor, 13% poor, 32% fair, 40% good and 8% excellent.
Ninety-seven percent of the soybeans were setting pods, compared with 100% last year and the five-year average of 99%. Thirty-five percent of the crop was dropping leaves, compared with 82% for last year and the five-year average of 37%. Soybean condition was rated 5% very poor, 18% poor, 40% fair, 31% good and 6% excellent. Green clover worms and corn earworm were reported in some soybean fields.
Eighty-nine percent of the sorghum crop was coloring, compared to 92% last year and the five-year average of 78%. Thirty-six percent of the crop was mature, compared with 57% last year and 27% for the five-year average. Nineteen percent of the grain sorghum has been harvested, compared with 25% last year and the five-year average of 9%. Sorghum condition was rated 10% very poor, 16% poor, 34% fair, 36% good and 4% excellent.
Ray flowers were drying on 85% of the sunflower acreage, compared with 86% last year. Bracts were turning yellow on 64% of the acreage, compared to 59% last year. Sixteen percent of the crop has begun to dry down, compared to 23% last year. Six percent of the crop has been harvested, compared to 13% last year. Sunflower condition was rated 1% very poor, 6% poor, 32% fair, 53% good and 8% excellent. Some areas reported infestations of head moth and webworms.
Fourth cutting of alfalfa was 58% complete, compared with 73% last year.
Pasture conditions are relatively unchanged from last week, due to the scattered rains.
Some cattle continue to be moved from pastures, due to lack of grass and water in parts of the state. Supplemental feeding continues in some areas.
Pasture conditions were rated 10% very poor, 26% poor, 40% fair and 24% good.
Hay and forage supplies were rated 3% very short, 23% short, 72% adequate and 2% surplus.
Stock water supplies were rated 6% very short, 23% short, 70% adequate and 1% surplus.