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Wednesday, 04 April 2012 14:07
Wheat looks good, doesn’t it?
It’s still a long way until harvest, but…
- The 2012 Kansas wheat crop looks pretty
good. That assessment is based on comments from our KAWG and KWC board
members, visual appraisal, and the March 26 Crop Report, the Kansas Ag
Statistics, which reckons the crop is 59% good to excellent. To put it
into perspective, last year’s crop was only 31% good to excellent at
of the crop’s condition is due in large part to rain that fell last
week. Farmers throughout Kansas received at least some rain; most of the
KAS reporting stations recorded at least one-inch or more of
precipitation. (For the record, Pittsburg received more than five
inches. Tribune and Goodland report 0.50-0.60 inches, and thankfully,
southwest Kansas received more than one inch.)Thus, topsoil moisture
improved to 84% adequate or surplus (a year ago, it was 62%). Still, 16%
of the state’s topsoils are very short, or short, of moisture.
Why we’re concerned:
- A good portion of the wheat crop is
jointing. While normally only 11% of the crop would have jointed by now,
this year, 24% has jointed. In south central Kansas, nearly 85% of the
crop has jointed.
- While the near-term weather forecast
looks great – we all know that a late freeze is possible. And that could
really wreak havoc with a developing wheat crop.
All in all – save for a few exceptions – this crop looks as good as any Kansas wheat crop in a long, long time.