The mostly hot and dry conditions of this past week helped the Kansas wheat harvest move quickly.
The latest estimates from National Ag Statistics say as of Sunday, 23 percent of the harvest is complete, compared to 19 last year and 11 for the five-year average. 94 percent of the crop has colored and 64 percent has matured, ahead of 57 last year. Over half of the harvest is completed in the southeast part of the state while nearly 45 percent is complete in the south central part of the state. The only area that has not started is in northwest Kansas.
Fall crop conditions remain strong across the state. The corn crop is rated 61 percent good to excellent, up a point from last week, 33 percent fair and six percent poor to very poor. Three percent of the crop is silking.
The Kansas soybean condition is rated 56 percent good to excellent, the same as last week, 38 percent fair and six percent poor to very poor. 94 percent of the crop has been planted and 84 percent has emerged, well ahead of the 63 average.
The state’s sorghum condition is rated 61 percent good to excellent, up four points from last week, 35 percent fair and four percent poor to very poor. 86 percent of the crop has been planted, ahead of the 73 average and two percent has emerged.
Topsoil moisture is rated 45 percent adequate to surplus, down seven points from last week and 55 percent short to very short. Subsoil moisture is rated 46 percent adequate, down three points from last week and 54 percent short to very short.
The state’s cotton condition is rated 71 percent good to excellent and cotton squaring is at six percent. 71 percent of the state’s sunflowers have been planted.
Kansas pasture and range conditions are rated 29 percent good to excellent, down three points from last week, 42 percent fair and 29 percent poor to very poor.
Source: National Agricultural Statistics Service