Archive for Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Moisture stressing corn, wheat

May 30, 2007


— Wheat and corn fields in some parts of the state are stressed by excessive moisture after heavy rainfall last week, the Kansas Agricultural Statistics Service said, though the progress of both crops statewide is near the five-year average.

Farmers averaged 4.1 days suitable for fieldwork, with row crop planting and spraying wheat the primary activities in areas where the fields could be worked.

Ninety-seven percent of the wheat crop has headed, KASS said, one percentage point behind last year but right at the five-year average. Disease and insects, mainly armyworms, are causing leaf rust, the service said.

Condition of the wheat crop is rated at 12 percent very poor, 20 percent poor, 31 percent fair, 26 percent good and 11 percent excellent.

Corn planting is 96 percent complete, compared with 98 percent last year and the five-year average. Eighty-three percent has emerged, slightly behind 85 percent at this time last year and 84 percent for the five-year average.

The corn crop is rated 1 percent very poor, 5 percent poor, 25 percent fair, 59 percent good and 10 percent excellent.

Soybean planting also is behind, with 45 percent of the crop in the ground compared with 60 percent last year and the five-year average of 56 percent.

Twenty-four percent of the sorghum crop has been planted, compared with 33 percent last year and 36 percent for the five-year average, KASS said.

The first cutting of alfalfa is way behind schedule, with only 35 percent harvested compared with 73 percent last year and the five-year average of 65 percent.

Topsoil moisture is rated at 1 percent very short, 10 percent short, 65 percent adequate and 24 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture is rated 1 percent very short, 7 percent short, 81 percent adequate and 11 percent surplus.

Range and pasture conditions are rated at 1 percent very poor, 8 percent poor, 30 percent fair, 51 percent good and 10 percent excellent, the statistics service said.


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