Even with more rain, nearly half of state’s wheat crop is in poor shape

With a few weeks until harvest, the state’s winter wheat crop remains troubled by drought.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture rated the crop as 24 percent very poor, 21 percent poor, 27 percent fair, 24 percent good and 4 percent excellent.

The crop was 93 percent headed. The entire crop was headed a year ago by this time.

Springs rains have improved soil conditions, but not evenly across the state. Drought conditions continue to be serious in western Kansas.

In south-central Kansas, topsoil soil moisture is 74 percent adequate or surplus, although the subsoil is only 46 percent adequate. Most of the topsoil and nearly all of the subsoil in western Kansas remains below adequate levels.

The corn crop is nearly all planted. So far, it looks good, with the condition rated 2 percent very poor, 5 percent poor, 32 percent fair, 54 percent good, and 7 percent excellent.

Soybean planting was about half done.

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