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86% of Kansas is short or very short on soil moisture

Half of Kansas is “very short” on soil moisture, according to Monday’s USDA Crop Progress Report.

Overall, drought is more intense and widespread in The Sunflower State this week, according to Thursday’s U.S. Drought Monitor.

D4 exceptional drought expanded in southwest Kansas over the last week, growing to impact more than 12% of the state. D3 extreme drought conditions retreated less than 1% and persist across more than 30% of the state. D2 severe drought acreage surged to cover more than 21% of the state. More than 11% of Kansas is suffering from D1 moderate drought. At 21%, abnormally dry conditions dominate the northeast corner of the state. Portions of 11 counties in northeast Kansas are the only areas reporting no moisture stress.

August 2022 was the seventh driest August on record for the state. This year is on track to be the thirtieth driest year over the past 128.

Map of Kansas precipitation total
Photo credit: Iowa Environmental Mesonet

Of Kansas’ 105 counties 72 have USDA disaster designations.

Topsoil moisture supplies in the state were rated 50% very short, 36% short, 14% adequate, and 0% surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 51% very short, 38% short, 11% adequate, and 0% surplus.

Kansas Corn

Across the state, 95% of corn has reached dough, up 3% from the week prior, but slightly behind the five-year average of 97%.

Kansas corn is 83% dented, up 9% from the week prior, but 5% behind the five-year average of 87%.

Half of Kansas corn is mature, surging past the five-year average of 44%.

Statewide, corn harvest is 21% complete.

Corn condition in Kansas was rated 27% very poor, 27% poor, 24% fair, 20% good, and 2% excellent in Monday’s report.

Map of Kansas drought conditions
Photo credit: U.S. Drought Monitor

Kansas Soybeans

Soybeans setting pods jumped from 85% to 91% over the last week but remain behind the five-year average of 94%.

Soybeans dropping leaves surged ahead of the 20% five-year average at 27%.

Soybean condition in Kansas was rated 23% very poor, 26% poor, 26% fair, 23% good, and 2% excellent.

Kansas Sorghum

Sorghum coloring is significantly behind the five-year average of 73%. Monday’s report said 58% of the Kansas crop was coloring, up from 42% the week prior.

USDA said 11% of Kansas sorghum was mature, up from 4% the week prior, but slightly trailing the five-year average of 12%.

Kansas sorghum condition was rated 21% very poor, 32% poor, 30% fair, 16% good, and 1% excellent.

Kansas Cotton

Cotton bolls opening are well ahead of the five-year average of 25% at 37%.

Harvest has not started in Kansas.

Cotton in Kansas was rated 4% very poor, 28% poor, 46% fair, 22% good, and 0% excellent.

Kansas Winter Wheat

Winter wheat planting in Kansas was 3% complete, equal to both last year and the five-year average.

Kansas Pasture and Range

Kansas pasture and range condition was rated 42% very poor, 30% poor, 20% fair, 8% good, 0% excellent.

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