Soil moisture in better shape for south central Kansas farmers

As temperatures start to warm, Kansas wheat farmers will find considerably more subsoil moisture than last year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

This week, 46 percent of Kansas subsoil moisture was rated adequate or surplus, compared to just 16 percent last year.

The subsoil moisture in south-central Kansas was even better, at 66 percent adequate. However, western Kansas remains considerably drier, at 18 to 27 percent adequate.

Winter wheat is starting to emerge in a few places. The condition of the crop across Kansas was 18 percent poor or very poor, 45 percent fair, and 37 percent good or excellent.