Wheat crop remains three weeks ahead of schedule

The Kansas wheat crop remains three weeks ahead of average. Four percent of the state crop has already turned color, mostly in the south-central and southeast districts.

Eighty-one percent of the soil in south-central Kansas had adequate or more than adequate moisture. Some parts of western Kansas had a significant lack of moisture, which has led to a slight decline in wheat quality.

The state wheat crop was rated at 3 percent very poor, 8 percent poor, 29 percent fair, 47 percent good and 13 percent excellent. Insect damage increased slightly to 20 percent light, 5 percent moderate and 1 percent severe.

Most of the corn crop statewide has been planted, as has about 20 percent of the soybean crop.