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Dry conditions cause farmers to delay

April 25, 2006

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— Hot, dry weather has prompted some Kansas farmers to hold off planting because of a lack of topsoil moisture, the Kansas Agricultural Statistics Service said Monday.

The service said topsoil moisture supplies were 27 percent very short, 43 percent short and 30 percent adequate, while subsoil moisture supplies were 24 percent very short, 49 percent short and 27 percent adequate.

The wheat crop still was making good progress, with 91 percent jointed compared to 86 percent last year and the five-year average of 69 percent. And 20 percent of the wheat has headed, compared to 3 percent last year and 2 percent for the five-year average.

However, the crop is rated 10 percent very poor, 21 percent poor, 39 percent fair, 28 percent good and 2 percent excellent.

The lack of moisture also is hurting pasture and range conditions, with 10 percent reported in very poor condition, 22 percent poor, 43 percent fair and 25 percent good. Feed grain supplies were rated 1 percent very short, 6 percent short, 91 percent adequate and 2 percent surplus.

Some southern parts of the state have reported dwindling feed supplies. Hay and forage supplies were rated 5 percent very short, 21 percent short, 72 percent adequate and 2 percent surplus.

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