Corn harvest in Kansas is 21 points behind last year’s pace. The USDA Crop Progress report indicates that corn harvest in the state is 36 percent complete, behind last year’s 57 percent and the average pace of 54 percent. 52 percent of the crop is in good to excellent condition compared to 17 percent poor or very poor. Southeast Kansas leads the way with 72 percent complete, while Central and South Central Kansas are close behind with over 60 percent of corn harvest complete. Harvest in the northern third of the state is less than 20 percent complete.
Delays also extend into winter wheat planting, which is 45 percent complete statewide. That’s down 11 points from a year ago but close to the five-year average of 47 percent. Nearly one fourth of the crop has emerged. Northwest Kansas is well ahead at 80 percent planted and 63 percent emerged, while less than ten percent of planting in Southeast Kansas is complete.
Soybean harvest is five percent complete, as nearly three in eight bean plants have yet to drop their leaves. Still, 57 percent of the crop is in good to excellent condition against 12 percent poor or very poor. Sorghum harvest is ten percent complete, with just over half the crop now mature. 61 percent is rated good to excellent, compared to ten percent poor or very poor. 62 percent of cotton bolls are open, ahead of the five-year average, and seven percent of sunflowers have been harvested.
Pastures are rated 68 percent good to excellent versus eight percent poor or very poor. Roughly one-fifth of the state’s topsoil and subsoil lack adequate moisture, compared to 11 percent of topsoil and seven percent of subsoil in surplus. An average of 3.6 days were suitable for fieldwork.