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    Kansas: Wheat Stressed from Disease and Drought – USDA

    For the week ending April 26, 2015, precipitation of a half inch or more was common across Kansas, with heavier amounts in central counties, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Temperatures were near normal. Some reporters indicated that wheat was stressed due to disease and drought. There were 4.3 days suitable for fieldwork. Topsoil moisture rated 13 percent very short, 24 short, 56 adequate, and 7 surplus. Subsoil moisture rated 20 percent very short, 34 short, 45 adequate, and 1 surplus.

    Field Crops Report: Winter wheat condition rated 11 percent very poor, 20 poor, 43 fair, 24 good, and 2 excellent. Winter wheat jointed was at 78 percent, ahead of 54 last year and the five-year average of 68. Headed was 18 percent, ahead of 4 last year, but near 16 average.

    Corn planted was at 32 percent, near 35 last year and 31 average. Emerged was 13 percent, near 10 last year and 9 average.

    Soybeans planted was at 2 percent, ahead of 1 last year and average.

    Cotton planted was at 1 percent, equal to last year and average.

    Livestock Report: Cattle and calf conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 2 poor, 29 fair, 62 good, and 6 excellent. Cattle and calf death loss rated 0 percent heavy, 70 average, and 30 light.

    Sheep and lamb conditions rated 0 percent very poor, 0 poor, 27 fair, 67 good, and 6 excellent. Sheep and lamb death loss rated 0 percent heavy, 62 average, and 38 light.

    Hay and roughage supplies rated 2 percent very short, 14 short, 80 adequate, and 4 surplus.

    Stock water supplies rated 13 percent very short, 26 short, 60 adequate, and 1 surplus.




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