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    Kansas: Scattered Showers Slow Wheat Harvest, Bring Needed Moisture – US-DA

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    Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending June 30, 2013.

    For the week ending June 30, 2013, wheat harvest was in full swing until scattered showers across the State’s midsection and up through the Northeast slowed harvest progress, but brought some much-needed moisture to those areas, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Heaviest rains were reported on Thursday night in and around Pottawatomie County. Temperatures continued warmer than normal and were 2 to 6 degrees above normal in most areas and up to 8 degrees warmer in portions of the Southwest.

    There were 6.3 days suitable for fieldwork. Topsoil moisture supplies rated 17 percent very short, 31 short, 50 adequate, and 2 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 24 percent very short, 31 short, 44 adequate, and 1 surplus.

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    Field Crops Report: The winter wheat crop was turning color on 98 percent of the acreage, behind 100 a year ago and 100 average. Eighty-five percent of the crop was ripe, behind 100 last year and 92 average. The crop was 57 percent harvested, well behind last year’s 99 and 67 average. Condition rated 25 percent very poor, 18 poor, 24 fair, 25 good, and 8 excellent.

    Corn silking was 3 percent, behind 42 last year and 20 average. Corn condition rated 2 percent very poor, 7 poor, 32 fair, 50 good, and 9 excellent.

    Sorghum planting was 97 percent complete, near 98 last year and 95 average. The crop was 84 percent emerged, near 86 last year and 82 average. Condition rated 2 percent very poor, 7 poor, 39 fair, 50 good, and 2 excellent.

    Soybean planting advanced to 95 percent complete, behind 100 last year but equal to 95 average. The crop was 89 percent emerged, behind 97 last year but near 90 average. The crop was 1 percent blooming, behind 14 last year and 7 average. Condition rated 1 percent very poor, 2 poor, 30 fair, 63 good, and 4 excellent.

    Cotton planting was 92 percent complete, behind 100 last year and 99 average. The amount of crop squaring was 7 percent, well behind 40 last year and 25 average. Condition rated 0 percent very poor, 3 poor, 41 fair, 44 good, and 12 excellent.

    Sunflower planting was 90 percent complete, near last year’s 92 but ahead of 81 average. The crop was 70 percent emerged, behind last year’s 85 but near 67 average. Condition rated 1 percent very poor, 5 poor, 36 fair, 51 good, and 7 excellent.

    Alfalfa second cutting was 28 percent complete, well behind last year’s 93 and 60 average.

    Livestock, Pasture and Range Report: The condition of range and pasture rated 25 percent very poor, 18 poor, 22 fair, 30 good, and 5 excellent. Hay and forage supplies rated 24 percent very short, 19 short, 55 adequate, and 2 surplus. Stock water supplies rated 15 percent very short, 19 short, 65 adequate, and 1 surplus.

    High Plains Regional Climate Center

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