Rain improves soil conditions, but wheat crop remains mediocre

With just a week or two before harvest starts in Kansas, the condition of the winter wheat crop remains in mediocre condition – a result of dry conditions in March and April.

Ten percent of the state’s wheat is rated as very poor, while 19 percent is poor, 41 percent is fair, 28 percent is good, and 2 percent is rated as excellent.

Among concerns are disease and too much water in some places, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture

However, heavy May rainfall has gone a long way toward putting adequate moisture in the soil. Just 9 percent of the state’s topsoil is now rated as short or very short of moisture; 22 percent of the subsoil is rated as short or very short of moisture.