Kansas wheat fields are ripening, according to the latest report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
As of the end of last week, the winter wheat had started to turn from green to gold on 22 percent of the acreage and had ripened on less than 1 percent. At this time last year, 85 percent of the crop had ripened. The average by this time is 27 percent.
The condition of the wheat crop is 26 percent very poor, 21 percent poor, 25 percent fair, 24 percent good, and 4 percent excellent.
For livestock farmers, the state’s range and pasture was rated 27 percent very poor, 18 percent poor, 24 percent fair, 25 percent good, and 6 percent excellent. Hay and forage supplies were 32 percent very short, 27 percent short, 40 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus; while stock water supplies were rated 16 percent very short, 19 percent short, 61 percent adequate, and 4 percent surplus.
Corn planting is virtually complete, with conditions rated mostly fair or good.
Soybean planting is 66 percent complete, with conditions rated mostly fair or good.