For the week ending Oct. 29, 2017, cool, dry conditions spread across the State, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Conditions allowed row crop harvest, wheat seeding, and fall calving to progress without interruption. There were 6.5 days suitable for fieldwork. Topsoil moisture rated 1 percent very short, 17 short, 78 adequate, and 4 surplus. Subsoil moisture rated 2 percent very short, 20 short, 75 adequate, and 3 surplus.
Field Crops Report: Winter wheat condition rated 4 percent very poor, 8 poor, 33 fair, 48 good, and 7 excellent. Winter wheat planted was 84 percent, behind 91 last year and 93 for the five-year average. Emerged was 57 percent, behind 73 last year and 75 average.
Corn harvested was 78 percent, behind 92 last year and 89 average.
Soybeans harvested was 73 percent, near 72 last year, and equal to average.
Sorghum condition rated 2 percent very poor, 8 poor, 31 fair, 47 good, and 12 excellent. Sorghum mature was 95 percent, near 98 last year, and equal to average. Harvested was 44 percent, well behind 69 last year, and behind 60 average.
Sunflower condition rated 1 percent very poor, 5 poor, 33 fair, 52 good, and 9 excellent. Sunflowers bracts turning yellow was 97 percent, equal to last year. Bracts turning brown was 91 percent, near 89 last year and 90 average. Harvested was 42 percent, behind 48 both last year and average.
Alfalfa fourth cutting was 95 percent complete.
Pasture and Range Report: Pasture and range conditions rated 4 percent very poor, 15 poor, 37 fair, 41 good, and 3 excellent.
Stock water supplies rated 2 percent very short, 14 short, 82 adequate, and 2 surplus. £
(Data for this release was provided at the county level by USDA Farm Service agency and KSU Extension Service.)