The dry and windy conditions continue to downgrade the conditions of the Kansas winter wheat crop. The latest estimates from USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, have 53 percent of the state’s winter wheat crop rated poor to very poor, down three points from last week, 35 percent fair and only 12 percent good to excellent.
Soil moisture is also turning drier. Topsoil moisture is rated 80 percent short to very short, down four points from last week and just 20 percent adequate. Subsoil moisture dropped another point down to 74 percent short to very short and 26 percent adequate.
The latest Kansas drought monitor map shows nearly 19 percent of the state in the two worst drought categories, extreme to exceptional.
Source: National Agricultural Statistics Service and The National Drought Mitigation Center