Following are details from the state Crop/Weather Report:
Kansas: Producers in many areas of central and eastern Kansas received beneficial moisture last week, slowing harvesting of remaining row crops slightly while western areas of the state received only light amounts of rain. Eight stations received over 3 inches of rain and an additional 23 stations received between 1 and 3 inches. Howard led the state with 3.94 inches of rain, followed by Winfield – Arkansas City with 3.59 inches and Manhattan with 3.54 inches. Temperatures were mostly above normal with highs ranging from the mid-60’s to the mid-70’s while lows ranged from 18 degrees at Oberlin to the low 30’s. Kansas farmers averaged 4.1 days suitable for field work last week with the Northwest and West Central Districts having 5.9 days suitable, while the Northeast District had only 2.1 days suitable. Topsoil moisture supplies improved considerably to 18 percent very short, 23 percent short, 55 percent adequate, and 4 percent surplus. This is the first week since the end of June that topsoil moisture has been greater than 50 percent adequate. Subsoil moisture supplies were rated 33 percent very short, 31 percent short, 35 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus. Farmers continued to make progress with harvesting remaining fall crops, as well as applying fall chemicals and fertilizers. Ninety-four percent of the winter wheat crop has emerged, ahead of 88 percent for both the previous year and the 5-year average. Wheat condition was rated as 3 percent very poor, 9 percent poor, 42 percent fair, 40 percent good, and 6 percent excellent.
Texas: Texas received up to 6 inches of rainfall, areas of the Northern Low Plains, North East Texas, and the Lower Valley received up to 2 inches of rainfall, while the rest of the state observed scattered showers.In northern areas of the state, emerging winter wheat made good progress due to recent moisture. Some producers released grazing cattle on winter small grain fields in areas of the Blacklands and the Edwards Plateau. In areas of South Texas, winter wheat and oats suffered due to lack of soil moisture.
Oklahoma: A severe storm system made its way through Oklahoma last Monday, starting out in far southwestern Oklahoma and spawning six tornadoes. The first tornado to touch down was rated EF-4, making it the strongest known tornado in Oklahoma for the month of November. The storms also brought welcomed rainfall, averaging just over two inches for the state over the past week. Although the Panhandle only received 0.6 of an inch, all other districts averaged over an inch of rain, and the East Central District averaged 3.47 inches for the week. The Haskell Mesonet station recorded 5.74 inches for the seven-day period and many stations recorded in excess of three inches. Even with the generous rainfall, all districts are still behind normal precipitation for the period since September 1, with the Panhandle and Southeast districts at 66 percent and 53 percent of normal, respectively. The November 8th Drought Monitor showed improvement with about two-thirds of the state in an extreme to exceptional drought, compared to over 85 percent the previous week. The rainfall benefitted the state’s wheat and other fall planted crops, while fall harvest was slowed for a few days. Some areas received enough run-off to replenish livestock ponds, though the need is still great. Topsoil moisture conditions showed the benefits of recent rains with over half of the state rated adequate, compared to 38 percent the previous week. Subsoil moisture conditions improved less dramatically with 57 percent still rated very short, down from 64 percent the previous week. There were only 4.3 days suitable for field work due to storms at the beginning of the week. Limited amounts of wheat grazing were reported as conditions for wheat, rye, and canola continued to be rated mostly good to fair. Wheat planting reached 96 percent complete, and 86 percent had emerged by Sunday.
Nebraska: For the week ending November 13, 2011, near normal temperatures and mostly dry conditions allowed for over six days suitable for field operations, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Nebraska Field Office. Soil temperatures ranged from the mid 30’s in the Panhandle to mid 40’s in the east. Soil moisture supplies continued below average for this time of year. Wheat conditions remained well above last year. Temperatures for the week averaged 1 degree above normal for the state. High temperatures reached the low 70’s and lows dipped into the low teens in the Central District. The western two-thirds of the state was dry. The only significant precipitation recorded was in the Southeast District with totals reaching one and half inches in some locations. Winter Wheat conditions rated 0 percent very poor, 1 poor, 22 fair, 67 good, and 10 excellent, well
Colorado: The southern and eastern regions of Colorado experienced above average precipitation with more snow while the rest of the State had below average precipitation. Cooler temperatures accompanied the moisture while windy conditions were reported in select areas. Farmers were allowed 5.8 days in the field for operations last week. Winter wheat was 99 percent emerged and in mostly fair to good condition by the end of last week.