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Kansas Rain Causes Planting Delays, but Improves Pastures
Kansas Ag Connection - 05/16/2017

For the week ending Sunday, temperatures averaged two to six degrees above normal across the State, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Most of Kansas received additional rainfall, with many areas receiving an inch or more. While the recent rainfall has caused some planting delays, it has continued to improve pasture quality. There were 3.5 days suitable for fieldwork. Topsoil moisture rated 0 percent very short, 1 short, 76 adequate, and 23 surplus. Subsoil moisture rated 0 percent very short, 3 short, 85 adequate, and 12 surplus.

Winter wheat condition rated 10 percent very poor, 17 poor, 29 fair, 38 good, and 6 excellent. Winter wheat headed was 84 percent, near 87 last year, but ahead of the five-year average of 68. Coloring was 8 percent, near 4 last year.

Corn planted was 60 percent, behind 78 last year and 72 average. Emerged was 34 percent, behind 49 last year and 42 average.

Soybeans planted was 16 percent, near 13 last year, but behind 20 average. Emerged was 4 percent, near 1 last year and 5 average.

Sorghum planted was 2 percent, equal to last year, and near 5 average.

Cotton planted was 2 percent, near 3 last year, and behind 12 average.

Sunflowers planted was 1 percent, near 0 last year and 2 average.

Alfalfa hay first cutting was 18 percent complete.

Pasture and range conditions rated 0 percent very poor, 3 poor, 18 fair, 64 good, and 15 excellent.

Stock water supplies were 0 percent very short, 1 short, 75 adequate, and 24 surplus.

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