50 percent of local wheat crop has turned color

Half of the wheat crop in south-central Kansas had turned color by the weekend, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The crop remains two to three weeks ahead of schedule, even though the weather cooled last week.

Statewide, 98 percent of the wheat crop has headed, well ahead of 55 percent last year and the five-year average of 46 percent.

In south-central Kansas, 97 percent of the corn had been planted, and 72 percent had emerged; 43 percent of soybeans had been planted and 16 percent had emerged; and 20 percent of the sorghum had been planted.

Soil moisture in south-central Kansas is 64 percent adequate or surplus, with the rest short or very short. Subsoil moisture was 70 percent adequate and the rest short or very short.