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Drought continues to weaken Kansas crops

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Tuesday, August 14, 2012, at 11:34 a.m.
  • Updated Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, at 2:53 p.m.

The condition of Kansas crops continued to deteriorate last week, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s weekly survey.

The state’s corn crop fell to 38 percent very poor, 32 percent poor, 22 percent fair, 8 percent good, and none excellent. That is the worst corn condition since the USDA’s current records were started in 1985.

In south-central Kansas, corn producers had harvested 19 percent of their corn crop by the end of the week. More than half was mature.

However, an Aug. 1 USDA estimate projected this year’s corn crop in south-central Kansas would do better than last year’s, which was also scorched by drought.

The state’s soybean and grain sorghum crops are also in the worst condition of any year since current records were started in 1985.

Soybeans were rate 34 percent very poor, 36 percent poor, 25 percent fair, 4 percent good, and 1 percent excellent. Sorghum was rated 30 percent very poor, 36 percent poor, 26 percent fair, 7 percent good, and 1 percent excellent.

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