Warm temperatures and, now, a soaking rain have pushed the wheat crop to grow quickly after emerging from dormancy. About a quarter of the crop has jointed in south-central Kansas. Statewide, 12 percent has reached that stage, twice the five-year average.
The crop was rated as 3 percent very poor, 8 percent poor, 35 percent fair, 46 percent good, and 8 percent excellent. Last year at this time the wheat condition was 14 percent very poor, 23 percent poor, 36 percent fair, 25 percent good and 2 percent excellent.
Just 3 percent of the crop has sustained freeze damage, but many farmers worry that the early emergence of the crop could set it up for serious damage if a late freeze hits the state.