Statewide, there were 4.3 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending May 1, and the state experienced below normal temperatures, with reports of snow and frost in some areas, according to the Kansas Agricultural Statistics Service, May 2.
Topsoil moisture was rated 2 percent very short, 24 percent short, 70 percent adequate, and 4 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 2 percent very short, 27 percent short, 70 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus.
Ninety-four percent of the Wheat is jointed, 2 points ahead of last year and 9 points ahead of the five-year average. Twelve percent of the Wheat is headed, compared with 25 percent last year and 17 percent for the five-year average. Wheat condition is rated 1 percent very poor, 5 percent poor, 26 percent fair, 51 percent good, and 17 percent excellent. Preliminary Wheat freeze damage reports indicate 73 percent of the Wheat has not been damaged, 19 percent has light damage, 7 percent has moderate damage, and 1 percent has severe damage.
Reports of wind damage indicate 85 percent of the Wheat with no damage, 12 percent with light damage, and 3 percent with moderate damage. Insect reports indicate 78 percent with no infestation, 17 percent with light infestation, 4 percent with moderate infestation, and 1 percent with severe infestation. Disease reports indicate 65 percent with no presence, 26 percent with light presence, 8 percent with moderate presence, and 1 percent with severe presence.
Ninety percent of oats have been planted compared with 95 percent last year and 97 percent for the five-year average.
Fifty-seven percent of corn has been planted, compared with 61 percent for both last year and the five-year average. Twenty-three percent of the corn has emerged, 4 points ahead of last year and 1 point ahead of the five-year average.
Six percent of soybeans have been planted, 3 points ahead of last year but 1 point behind the five-year average. Three percent of sorghum has been planted, compared with 2 percent last year and 5 percent for the five-year average.
Pasture and range conditions are rated 2 percent very poor, 8 percent poor, 34 percent fair, 50 percent good, and 6 percent excellent. Feed grain supplies are rated 2 percent very short, 4 percent short, 88 percent adequate, and 6 percent surplus. Hay and forage supplies are rated 1 percent very short, 5 percent short, 81 percent adequate, and 13 percent surplus. Stock water supplies are rated 1 percent very short, 12 percent short, 86 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus.