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Kansas Gets Rain, Temps Remain Well Below Average
Kansas Ag Connection - 08/08/2017

For the week ending Sunday, temperatures remained well below average across the entire State, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Measurable rainfall was recorded in every county, with heavy localized rain totaling up to six inches in some eastern counties. There were 6.0 days suitable for fieldwork. Topsoil moisture rated 9 percent very short, 35 short, 51 adequate, and 5 surplus. Subsoil moisture rated 6 percent very short, 31 short, 61 adequate, and 2 surplus.

Corn condition rated 4 percent very poor, 11 poor, 31 fair, 44 good, and 10 excellent. Corn silking was 90 percent, behind 96 last year and 95 for the five-year average. Dough was 51 percent, near 53 last year, and behind 56 average. Dented was 10 percent, near 11 last year, and behind 16 average.

Soybean condition rated 2 percent very poor, 7 poor, 38 fair, 49 good, and 4 excellent. Soybeans blooming was 85 percent, ahead of 79 last year and 76 average. Setting pods was 51 percent, ahead of 42 last year and 38 average.

Sorghum condition rated 1 percent very poor, 8 poor, 31 fair, 53 good, and 7 excellent. Sorghum headed was 44 percent, behind 63 last year, and near 46 average. Coloring was 2 percent, behind 8 last year, and near 5 average.

Cotton condition rated 2 percent very poor, 4 poor, 30 fair, 61 good, and 3 excellent. Cotton squaring was 69 percent, behind 76 last year and 79 average. Setting bolls was 29 percent, near 27 last year, but behind 34 average. Bolls opening was 1 percent, near 0 last year, and equal to average.

Sunflower condition rated 0 percent very poor, 3 poor, 35 fair, 60 good, and 2 excellent. Sunflowers blooming was 37 percent, behind 56 last year, and near 41 average.

Alfalfa condition rated 2 percent very poor, 9 poor, 32 fair, 53 good, and 4 excellent. Alfalfa third cutting was 80 percent complete, ahead of 72 last year, and well ahead of 60 average. Fourth cutting was 6 percent.

Pasture and range conditions rated 2 percent very poor, 9 poor, 32 fair, 51 good, and 6 excellent. Stock water supplies rated 2 percent very short, 9 short, 88 adequate, and 1 surplus.

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