Archive for Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Wet weather gives Kansas farmers a bit of help

March 15, 2011


— A week of widespread rain has helped ease concerns among Kansas farmers about dry conditions, but a new report says parts of the state still need more moisture.

Kansas Agricultural Statistics Service reported Monday the condition of the winter wheat crop improved slightly because of the rain. The latest condition survey puts the wheat at 16 percent very poor, 24 percent poor and 34 percent fair. Twenty-four percent of the crop is rated in good condition, and just 2 percent in excellent condition.

Southeastern Kansas got the heaviest rainfall last week, with Parsons receiving 1.45 inches and Pittsburg getting 1.23 inches.

But dry topsoil conditions persist in western sections. Topsoil moisture is 84 percent short to very short in the northwest and 90 to 94 percent short in west-central and southwestern Kansas.


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