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Wheat Crop Largely Good to Excellent

Posted May 3, 2010 at 03:41pm by Bill Spiegel

According to Kansas Ag Statistics' May 3 Weekly Crop Report, 70% of the state's wheat crop is good to excellent, just as the crop is beginning to head throughout much of Kansas. KAS reports that 17% of the total crop is beginning to head out, with 88% of the crop having jointed, compared to 90% for the five-year average.

Wheat condition was rated as 1% very poor, 4% poor, 25% fair, 57% good, and 13% excellent. Insect infestation in wheat was unchanged at 94% with no infestation and 6% with light infestation. Disease infestation continues to increase with, 12% reported having light infestation and 2% with moderate infestation as there were some reports of powdery mildew and wheat leaf rust.

The western half of the State received little to no rain last week, while scattered showers provided more than an inch of rain for five counties in the eastern half of the State. Temperatures were below normal with highs in the 80's and lows in the 30's and 40's. Republic County received the most precipitation at 1.52 inches, followed by Lincoln at 1.49, Washington at 1.37, Cloud at 1.22 and Wilson at 1.20. The drier weather allowed producers to average 4.3 days suitable for fieldwork. Topsoil moisture supplies were rated at 2 percent very short, 7 percent short, 74 percent adequate, and 17 percent surplus. The subsoil moisture supplies were rated at 1 percent very short, 7 percent short, 80 percent adequate, and 12 percent surplus.

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