Archive for Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Wheat harvest lagging

July 17, 2007

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— Scattered showers last week throughout Kansas dumped more than 3 inches of rain in some areas as farmers focused primarily on harvesting wheat and hay.

The Kansas Agricultural Statistics Service said 91 percent of the wheat has been harvested, compared with 100 percent last year and 99 percent for the five-year average.

Sixty-nine percent of the corn crop has silked, compared with 72 percent last year and 62 percent for the five-year average. Corn condition is rated 2 percent very poor, 7 percent poor, 20 percent fair, 53 percent good and 18 percent excellent.

Soybeans are slightly behind, with 95 percent of the crop emerged, compared with 100 percent last year and 99 percent for the five-year average. But only 38 percent of the crop has bloomed, compared with 99 percent last year and 98 percent for the five-year average.

One percent of sorghum has headed, compared with 7 percent last year and 8 percent for the five-year average.

Only 7 percent of the third cutting alfalfa has been harvested, compared with 94 percent last year and 93 percent for the five-year average.

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