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Recent snows improve soil conditions for farmers

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Tuesday, March 5, 2013, at 8:21 a.m.

The snow improved the soil in south-central Kansas, for the moment, reducing the amount of topsoil considered very short on moisture to just 9 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Twenty-five percent of south-central Kansas topsoil is considered short, 32 percent adequate and 34 percent had a surplus.

But the subsoil tells a different story, with 57 percent of south-central Kansas still considered very short of moisture, 37 percent short, and 6 percent adequate. None had a surplus.

The state’s winter wheat crop condition was rated as 12 percent very poor, 23 percent poor, 41percent fair, 23 percent good, and 1 percent excellent.

The range and pasture was rated as 51 percent very poor, 31 percent poor, 16 percent fair, and 2 percent good.

Stock water supplies were rated as 43 percent very short, 32 percent short, and 25 percent adequate.

Feed grain supplies were 21 percent very short, 26 percent short, 52 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus.

Hay and forage supplies were 38 percent very short, 37 percent short, 24 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus.

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