Kansas fields could use more rain

Many Kansas farmers are wishing for more moisture as the growing season begins.  USDA’s crop progress report shows topsoil moisture ratings in Kansas are just 1% surplus with 34% of fields having adequate moisture, with similar subsoil moisture levels.

Winter wheat conditions vary widely, with 3% rated excellent, 33% in good condition, 38% fair, and 8% poor condition.  Seventy-two percent of the winter wheat has jointed, well head of the five-year average of 48%.

Just 26% of the Kansas corn is planted, well head of the 18% average.  Three percent of the corn has emerged.

Six percent of the state’s soybeans are now in the ground, and one percent of the sorghum is planted.

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