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Kansas Farmers Make Headway on Planting Season
Kansas Ag Connection - 05/15/2018

For the week ending Sunday, there were 6.1 days suitable for fieldwork, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Topsoil moisture supplies rated 28 percent very short, 32 short, 40 adequate, and 0 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 25 percent very short, 37 short, 38 adequate, and 0 surplus.

Winter wheat condition rated 18 percent very poor, 33 poor, 34 fair, 14 good, and 1 excellent. Winter wheat jointed was 86 percent. Headed was 42 percent, well behind 80 last year and 62 for the five-year average.

Corn planted was 68 percent, ahead of 58 last year and 63 average. Emerged was 37 percent, ahead of 32 last year, and near 34 average.

Soybeans planted was 31 percent, ahead of 14 last year and 13 average. Emerged was 6 percent, near 4 last year and 2 average.

Sorghum planted was 3 percent, near 2 last year, and equal to average.

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

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

Pasture and range conditions rated 10 percent very poor, 21 poor, 46 fair, 22 good, and 0 excellent.

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