Following are details from the state Crop/Weather Report:
Kansas: Most Kansas producers saw some precipitation last week along with seasonable temperatures. Fourteen stations received more than an inch of rain. Garnett led the State with 2.79 inches, followed by Liberal with 2.28 inches. Only five of 52 stations did not receive any measurable moisture for the week. Weekly high temperatures ranged from 97 degrees in Wilmore to a mild 78 degrees at Eskridge, while weekly lows were in the 30’s and 40’s with Holton recording the lowest at 32 degrees. Kansas producers averaged 5.4 days suitable for fieldwork, with the Southwest, East Central, and Southeast Districts averaging less than 5 suitable working days. With the precipitation, topsoil moisture supplies improved to 34 percent very short, 34 percent short, 32 percent adequate, and none surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies also improved to 51 percent very short, 35 percent short, 14 percent adequate, and none surplus. Wheat seeding is in full force across the state and many producers are hoping for moisture to develop the 2013 crop. Kansas farmers seeded 23 percent of the State’s wheat acreage last week to reach 40 percent complete by Sunday, ahead of 36 percent for last year and 37 percent for the 5-year average. At least half of the crop in western Kansas is already seeded. Ten percent of the State’s wheat had emerged by week’s end which is identical to last year but slightly behind the 5-year average of 12 percent.
Texas: Most parts of the state received rainfall last week. Portions of East and West Texas recorded six inches or more for the week, while most other areasexperienced scatteredshowers. Winter wheat and oats seeding was in full swing around the state with an increase in seeding in some areas due to recent rains. Rainfall also aided recently seeded and emerged wheat. For producers who had not yet seeded, land preparation was underway.
Oklahoma: Multiple rain events over the past week were welcomed during the fall planting season. Storms mid-week produced hail and high winds across much of the state. Rain continued to fall throughout the week, with generous totals accumulated in the central part of the state. The state averaged 1.72 inches for the week, and all but the North Central and Northeast districts averaged over an inch of rain. Every Mesonet site recorded measurable rainfall, and Byars recorded six inches of rain. Even with the rain from the last week, rainfall totals for the last month are below normal for all but the Panhandle and West Central districts. Overall the drought is still ongoing and significant rain is needed to overcome the dry conditions. Some run-off was received in central and south central Oklahoma, but many livestock ponds are still in desperate need of run-off. The rainfall received was very beneficial for the ongoing small grain and canola planting, and will encourage more producers to plant in the coming weeks. Topsoil moisture conditions improved significantly from the previous week, with 42 percent rated adequate. Subsoil moisture conditions improved somewhat, with 89 percent of the state rated short to
very short, down from 96 the week prior. There were only 5.0 days suitable for field work due to heavy rains. Wheat, rye and canola began to emerge, as planting continued. Wheat seedbed preparation was 85 percent complete by the end of the week, and 35 percent was planted. Fourteen percent of the wheat was emerged by Sunday.
Nebraska: For the week ending September 30, 2012, fall harvest progressed across the state with limited rainfall, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Nebraska Field Office. Winter wheat seeding approached the two-thirds point but fields were slow to emerge due to dry soil conditions. Light precipitation was received in the southern Panhandle and Southwest District with amounts recorded less than one quarter of an inch. Other areas of the state received little to no rain. Temperatures averaged near normal in the Northeast, Central and East Central Districts, 2 to 3 degrees above normal in the southern third, and 4 degrees above normal in the Panhandle. Highs were in the mid 80’s and lows were in the mid 30’s. Winter wheat seeded was at 64 percent, behind both 77 percent last year and average. Winter wheat emerged was 16 percent, well behind 46 percent last year and 41 average.
Colorado: Colorado did receive scattered showers last week resulting in above average precipitation levels, except in the San Luis Valley. Hail was reported damaging range and cropland in Baca County as a result from the storms. Temperatures were average last week. Topsoil and subsoil conditions remain rated mostly very short but some improvement was noted. Farmers were allowed 6.0 days in the field for operations. Planting of winter wheat progressed at a rapid pace last week with 62 percent of the acreage planted by the end of the week. Emergence reached 20 percent last week compared with 37 percent for the 5-year average.