Following are details from the state Crop/Weather Report:
Kansas: Temperatures were above normal throughout the State last week as high temperatures ranged from the 60’s in the southeast to 75 degrees in Hays and Alton, while the Southeast District received substantial precipitation. In the North Central, Southwest and West Central Districts, all reporting stations reached high temperatures of 70 degrees or warmer. Low temperatures ranged from 13 degrees in Oberlin to 34 degrees in Columbus and Pittsburg. The Northwest District experienced lows ranging from 13 to 17 degrees. The Eastern Districts all experienced lows in the 20’s and low 30’s. Five of 52 weather stations received more than 1.5 inches of rain last week, though 24 stations received less than half an inch of moisture. The Northwest and West Central Districts received little to no precipitation, while in the Southeast District all stations received more than 1.3 inches of rain. The Pittsburg reporting station received the most precipitation at 2.59 inches. Kansas farmers averaged 5.5 days suitable for field work last week. Topsoil moisture supplies were rated at 19 percent very short, 25 percent short, 53 percent adequate, and 3 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were rated 31 percent very short, 32 percent short, 36 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus. Three percent of the winter wheat crop has yet to emerge, ahead of 5 percent left for the previous year and 4 percent left for the 5-year average. Wheat condition was rated as 4 percent very poor, 9 percent poor, 40 percent fair, 42 percent good, and 5 percent excellent.
Texas: Areas of South East Texas, the Blacklands, and the Upper Coast received up to 4 inches of rainfall, areas of South Central Texas received up to 2 inches of rainfall, while the rest of the state observed little to no rainfall. Irrigation was active on winter wheat for stocker cattle in areas of the Northern High Plains. In areas of the Southern High Plains, producers continued to prepare land and plant winter wheat and oats. Winter wheat continued to make good progress in northeastern and southern areas of the state due to recent rain showers brought by several cold fronts.
Oklahoma: A significant rainfall event Monday brought a good soaking rain, especially in southeast Oklahoma. All Mesonet stations recorded rainfall for the week with an average of 1.61 inches for the state. The Southeast district received an average of 3.91 inches of rain, with a high of 4.86 inches measured at Talihina. Precipitation for the last 30 days was above normal in all districts and 146 percent of normal for the state. However, rainfall was still below normal for all districts for the period since September 1. Recent rains were reflected in improvements to the November 22 Drought Monitor; although 63 percent of the state is still in a severe to exceptional drought, down from 85 percent the week before. The additional moisture helped small grain conditions and improved the availability of wheat grazing this fall. However, recent rains could not mitigate all the negative effects of the drought, as the lack of hay and pasture were still problems for livestock producers. Topsoil moisture conditions improved and are now rated mostly adequate. Subsoil moisture conditions also improved, though 47 percent are still rated very short, down from 56 percent the week prior. There were 4.6 days suitable for field work due to the multiple showers throughout the week. Wheat grazing prospects improved, with additional moisture still required to make it through the winter months. Wheat emerged reached 97 percent complete. Seedbed preparation for oat ground was 85 percent complete, oat planting reached 64 percent complete, and 63 percent had emerged, even with the five-year average.
Nebraska: For the week ending November 27, 2011, above normal temperatures and very little precipitation allowed producers to wrap up most of the fall harvest, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Nebraska Field Office. Soil temperatures are in the mid 30’s in the west and low 40’s in the east. Conditions for cattle grazing stalks and those in feedlots have been favorable with the mild weather. Temperatures for the week averaged 6 degrees above normal for the state. High temperatures were mainly in the 70’s with lows dipping into the teens. The Panhandle and southeastern corner of the state were the only portions of Nebraska receiving moisture and averaged less than one tenth of an inch of precipitation. The remainder of the state was dry. Winter Wheat conditions rated 0 percent very poor, 2 poor, 24 fair, 64 good, and 10 excellent, well above 45 percent good to excellent last year.
Colorado: Most of Colorado experienced below average precipitation with above average temperatures. The southern region of the State had above average precipitation for this time of year. Windy and dry conditions were reported in the eastern regions of the State. Farmers were allowed 5.8 days in the field for operations last week. Winter wheat was 99 percent emerged and in mostly good to fair condition by the end of last week.