Rain has returned to the state, increasing soil moisture, but it’s too late for the state’s soybean and grain sorghum crops.
Harvest for those two crops in south-central Kansas is about 50 percent complete, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
For soybeans, 61 percent are rated poor or very poor, with 29 percent fair, 8 percent good and 2 percent excellent.
Sorghum is 67 percent poor or very poor, with 24 percent fair, 8 percent good and just 1 percent excellent.
For livestock producers, the news also remained bad.
Range and pasture conditions had not completely recovered from drought; 51 percent was rated very poor, 29 percent poor, 17 percent fair and 3 percent good.