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Kansas Farmers Prepare for Another Wheat Season
Kansas Ag Connection - 09/12/2017

For the week ending Sunday, below normal temperatures and little to no rainfall were reported across the majority of the State, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Field activities included haying and ground preparation for wheat seeding. There were 6.9 days suitable for fieldwork. Topsoil moisture rated 10 percent very short, 38 short, 51 adequate, and 1 surplus. Subsoil moisture rated 8 percent very short, 35 short, 55 adequate, and 2 surplus.

Winter wheat planted was 3 percent, near 4 last year, and equal to the five-year average.

Corn condition rated 5 percent very poor, 13 poor, 28 fair, 43 good, and 11 excellent. Corn dough was 97 percent, equal to last year, and near 98 average. Dented was 84 percent, near 87 last year and 86 average. Mature was 45 percent, ahead of 40 last year, and near 44 average. Harvested was 10 percent, near 7 last year, but behind 15 average.

Soybean condition rated 4 percent very poor, 12 poor, 35 fair, 43 good, and 6 excellent. Soybeans setting pods was 97 percent, near 94 both last year and average. Dropping leaves was 20 percent, ahead of 11 last year, and near 16 average.

Sorghum condition rated 2 percent very poor, 7 poor, 32 fair, 49 good, and 10 excellent. Sorghum coloring was 66 percent, behind 82 last year, and near 67 average. Mature was 9 percent, behind 18 last year, and near 13 average. Harvested was 1 percent, equal to last year, and near 2 average.

Cotton condition rated 2 percent very poor, 4 poor, 35 fair, 53 good, and 6 excellent. Cotton setting bolls was 77 percent, near 81 last year, and behind 87 average. Bolls opening was 23 percent, ahead of 14 last year, and near 21 average. Harvested was 1 percent, equal to last year, and near 0 average.

Sunflowers condition rated 1 percent very poor, 3 poor, 25 fair, 65 good, and 6 excellent. Sunflowers blooming was 97 percent. Ray flowers dried was 39 percent, behind 44 last year and 52 average. Bracts turning yellow was 18 percent. Bracts turning brown was 4 percent.

Alfalfa fourth cutting was 73 percent complete, ahead of 61 last year, and well ahead of 47 average.

Pasture and range conditions rated 4 percent very poor, 11 poor, 35 fair, 47 good, and 3 excellent.

Stock water supplies rated 3 percent very short, 15 short, 82 adequate, and 0 surplus.

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