Scattered showers across the state brought much needed precipitation, the Kansas Agricultural Statistics Service reported May 7.

Farmers made good progress planting row crops until the showers.

Statewide, there were five days suitable for field work during the week.

Topsoil moisture was rated 1% very short, 15% short, 74% adequate and 10% surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 2% very short, 22% short, 74% adequate and 2% surplus.

Winter wheat condition was rated 15% very poor, 26% poor, 34% fair, 23% good and 2% excellent. Wheat progress continues behind normal. Eighty-one percent of wheat was reported jointed statewide, compared to 99% last year and 93% for the five-year average. Wheat heading was estimated at 21%, compared with 48% headed last year and 22% for the five-year average.

Corn planting was 79% complete, compared to 84% last year and 69% for the five-year average. Corn emergence was estimated at 40%, compared with 43% emerged last year. Corn condition was rated 1% poor, 31% fair, 58% good and 10% excellent.

Soybean planting was 19% complete, compared to 24% last year and 10% for the five-year average. Soybean emergence was estimated at 8%, compared with 9% emerged last year.

Sorghum planting was 13% complete, compared to 12% last year.

First cutting of alfalfa is estimated to be 8% complete, compared to 7% last year. Alfalfa weevil is being reported in the southern half of the state.

Pasture conditions were rated 5% very poor, 16% poor, 36% fair, 39% good and 4% excellent.

Most cattle have been moved to summer pastures.

Hay and forage supplies were rated 7% very short, 27% short and 66% adequate.

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