Little rainfall and high temperatures decreased corn and soybean crop conditions statewide. Almost a full week, or 6.8 days, was suitable for fieldwork. Topsoil moisture supply continued its’ precipitous decline to 29 percent very short, 42 percent short, 27 percent adequate, and 2 percent surplus. The southwest district was 90 percent in the very short and short categories, followed closely by the west-central district at 88 percent in the short and very short categories; both districts were more than 50 percent very short for topsoil moisture supply.
Corn silked and beyond was 85 percent, the same as last year, but 2 days ahead of normal (5-year historic average). Corn dough stage and beyond was 25 percent, 5 days behind last year, and 2 days behind normal. The southeast district was the most mature with 56 percent in dough stage and beyond. Corn condition remained fairly good in the southeast with only 23 percent in the poor and very poor categories, only slightly behind the statewide corn condition of 11 percent very poor, 11 percent poor, 23 percent fair, 47 percent good, and 8 percent excellent. Corn condition in the southwest mirrored the district’s topsoil moisture supply with 83 percent in the poor and very poor categories. Soybeans blooming and beyond were 50 percent, the same as last year, but 3 days ahead of normal. Soybeans setting pods and beyond was 10 percent, 5 days behind last year, and 3 days behind normal. Soybean condition was 5 percent very poor, 11 percent poor, 32 percent fair, 46 percent good, and 6 percent excellent. Cotton squaring and beyond was 92 percent, and cotton setting bolls and beyond was 52 percent. Cotton condition remained positive with 4 percent very poor, 8 percent poor, 31 percent fair, 53 percent good, and 4 percent excellent. Rice was 5 percent headed, 16 days behind last year, and 11 days behind normal. Rice condition was 3 percent very poor, 6 percent poor, 20 percent fair, 49 percent good, and 22 percent excellent. Sorghum headed and beyond was 12 percent, 15 days behind last year, and 13 days behind normal. Sorghum condition was 1 percent very poor, 6 percent poor, 47 percent fair, 44 percent good, and 2 percent excellent. Alfalfa hay 2nd cutting was 92 percent complete, 2 weeks ahead of last year, and 10 days ahead of normal. Alfalfa Hay 3rd cutting was 24 percent, 2 days behind last year, but 5 days ahead of normal. Other hay cut was 94 percent, 10 days ahead of last year, and 8 days ahead of normal.
Pasture condition in the poor and very poor categories increased 10 points from last week to 9 percent very poor, 20 percent poor, 39 percent fair, 31 percent good, and 1 percent excellent.
Precipitation averaged 0.10 of an inch statewide although Atchison County received 2.81 inches last week. Temperatures were 3 to 4 degrees above average in the southeast district with the rest of the state experiencing 4 to 9 degrees above average.
|District Summaries As Of July 24, 2011|
|Days Suitable For Fieldwork|
|Topsoil Moisture Supply|
|Corn Silked and Beyond, Percent|
|Corn Dough Stage and Beyond, Percent|
|Soybeans Blooming and Beyond, Percent|
|Soybeans Setting Pods and Beyond, Percent|
|Sorghum Headed and Beyond, Percent|
|Alfalfa Hay 2nd Cutting, Percent|
|Other Hay Cut, Percent|