Statewide, there were 5.0 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending April 4, according to the Kansas Agricultural Statistics Service, April 5.
Topsoil moisture was rated 7 percent very short, 25 percent short, 62 percent adequate, and 6 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 25 percent very short, 30 percent short, 41 percent adequate, and 4 percent surplus. Some scattered showers fell throughout central and eastern Kansas last week. Precipitation in the western third of the state is needed as dry conditions continue.
Twenty-seven percent of the Wheat is jointed, compared to 23 percent last year and 25 percent for the five-year average. Wheat condition is rated 10 percent very poor, 18 percent poor, 29 percent fair, 34 percent good, and 9 percent excellent. Wheat freeze damage reports indicate 71 percent of the Wheat has not been damaged, 24 percent with light damage, and 5 percent with moderate damage. Wind damage assessments show 65 percent of the Wheat with no damage, 29 percent with light damage, and 6 percent with moderate damage. Insect reports indicate 73 percent with no infestation, 19 percent with light infestation, 6 percent with moderate infestation, and 2 percent with severe infestation. Disease reports reveal 86 percent with no presence and 14 percent with light presence. Eighty-two percent of oats have been planted, the same as last year but 5 points ahead of the five-year average. Three percent of corn has been planted, compared with 5 percent last year and 2 percent for the five-year average.
Range and pasture conditions are rated 17 percent very poor, 24 percent poor, 37 percent fair, 19 percent good, and 3 percent excellent. Pasture burning was reported in eastern Kansas. Feed grain supplies are rated 2 percent very short, 15 percent short, 82 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus. Hay and forage supplies are rated 2 percent very short, 22 percent short, 70 percent adequate, and 6 percent surplus. Stock water supplies are rated 13 percent very short, 19 percent short, 65 percent adequate, and 3 percent surplus.