The condition of the Kansas winter wheat crop improved slightly but the cold weather slowed down the start of corn planting across the far southern part of the state.
The latest estimates from National Agricultural Statistics Service have the winter wheat crop rated 44 percent poor to very poor, versus 47 percent last week, 43 percent fair and 13 percent good to excellent. Only 13 percent of the crop has jointed, well behind 41 last year and 35 percent for the five-year average.
Corn planting is only two percent complete, versus four last year and seven for the average.
Topsoil moisture is rated 70 percent short to very short, versus 68 percent last week and 30 percent adequate. Subsoil moisture is rated 71 percent short to very short, versus 72 percent last week and 29 percent adequate.
Source: National Agricultural Statistics Service