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Rainfall slows cutting of some Kansas crops

October 31, 2006

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— Farmers' progress in planting winter wheat and harvesting row crops was slowed in much of Kansas last week by rainfall that topped 2 inches in some places, the Kansas Agricultural Statistics Service reported Monday.

Ninety-six percent of the wheat has been planted and 79 percent of the wheat has emerged, about on course with the five-year average, the agency said. Wheat condition was rated 3 percent poor, 33 percent fair, 51 percent good and 13 percent excellent.

The corn harvest also is running on pace with recent years, with 87 percent of the crop cut.

However, just 89 percent of the sorghum is mature, compared with 96 percent last year and 94 percent for the five-year average, while just 48 percent has been harvested, down from 68 percent last year. Sorghum condition was rated 8 percent very poor, 21 percent poor, 38 percent fair, 26 percent good and 7 percent excellent.

Among other crops:

l Sunflower harvest is 42 percent complete, compared with 66 percent last year and over the last five years on average. Sunflower condition was rated 7 percent very poor, 15 percent poor, 38 percent fair, 31 percent good and 9 percent excellent.

l Seventy-four percent of the soybeans have been harvested, compared with 82 percent last year and 78 percent for the five-year average.

l The cotton harvest is 22 percent complete, compared with just 5 percent at the same time last year and 13 percent on average over the past five years. Seventy-two percent of the cotton is in the bolls open stage, compared with 96 percent last year and 88 percent for the five-year average.

Despite the rain that made just four days suitable for field work last week, farmers in much of Kansas could use more.

Stock water supplies were rated 16 percent very short, 31 percent short and 53 percent adequate. Range and pasture conditions were rated 15 percent very poor, 31 percent poor, 38 percent fair, 13 percent good and 3 percent excellent.

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