MANHATTAN, Kan. April 10, 2017 – For the week ending April 9, 2017, temperatures averaged a few degrees above normal across most of the State, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Rain continued to fall across the majority of counties, with many averaging one inch or more. Controlled burning of native pastures was underway in some areas. There were 2.1 days suitable for fieldwork. Topsoil moisture rated 6 percent very short, 14 short, 66 adequate, and 14 surplus. Subsoil moisture rated 6 percent very short, 20 short, 70 adequate, and 4 surplus.
Field Crops Report: Winter wheat condition rated 4 percent very poor, 13 poor, 35 fair, 43 good, and 5 excellent. Winter wheat jointed was 43 percent, behind 57 last year, but near the five-year average of 44. Headed was 1 percent, near 0 last year and 2 average.
Corn planting was underway in southern counties and was 4 percent complete statewide, behind 15 last year, and near 8 average.
Livestock Report: Cattle and calf conditions rated 0 percent very poor, 2 poor, 22 fair, 69 good, and 7 excellent. Calving progress was 86 percent complete, equal to last year. Cattle and calf death loss rated 1 percent heavy, 57 average, and 42 light.
Sheep and lamb conditions rated 0 percent very poor, 1 poor, 14 fair, 82 good, and 3 excellent. Lambing progress was 94 percent complete. Sheep and lamb death loss rated 1 percent heavy, 60 average, and 39 light.
Hay and roughage supplies rated 2 percent very short, 6 short, 84 adequate, and 8 surplus.
Stock water supplies were 2 percent very short, 7 short, 80 adequate, and 11 surplus.
Data for this release were provided at the county level by USDA Farm Service agency and KSU Extension Service.