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Planting, harvesting continue across state

October 5, 2004

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— Cool temperatures and rain limited farm activity in the western third of Kansas, while dry conditions delayed wheat planting in the southeast, Kansas Agricultural Statistics Service said Monday.

In its weekly crop weather report, the agency reported 52 percent of the wheat in the state has been planted, slightly behind the 57 percent in the ground at the same time last year and the five-year average of 55 percent.

Meanwhile, harvest is progressing for the state's fall-harvested crops:

  • About 95 percent of the state's corn crop is mature and 51 percent has been harvested for grain. Corn condition was rated 26 percent excellent, 47 percent good, 16 percent fair, 7 percent poor and 4 percent very poor.
  • Soybean condition was ranked 22 percent excellent, 55 percent good, 16 percent fair, 6 percent poor and 1 percent very poor.
  • Sorghum is coloring, with 54 percent mature. Sorghum condition was rated 17 percent excellent, 46 percent good, 25 percent fair, 8 percent poor and 4 percent very poor.
  • About 12 percent of the sunflowers have been harvested. Their condition was ranked 10 percent excellent, 50 percent good, 32 percent fair, 6 percent poor and 2 percent very poor.

--Cotton condition was rated 8 percent excellent, 53 percent good 27 percent fair, 8 percent poor and 4 percent very poor.

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