Back To Triple Digits; No Rain In Sight

Back To Triple Digits; No Rain In Sight

7-day forecast is full of blistering heat with no chance of precipitation; crop outlook grows grimmer.

With the forecast for a return to triple digits for the next week and no rain in sight, the outlook for a fall harvest in Kansas just got even more grim.

The Monday crop progress and condition report showed decline in all crops, with the corn crop falling to more than 50% poor to very poor; sorghum 44% poor to very poor, soybeans 43 percent poor to very poor and pastures declining to 78% poor to very poor with 3% in good condition and none in excellent condition.

Only cotton and sunflowers appear to be holding their own and farmers say they need rain badly or they will start to lose ground.

Back To Triple Digits; No Rain In Sight

"If we get rain out of the 20% chance tonight, the cotton may make it. If we don't and the next week of over 100 degrees with no rain is right, then it won't make much," said David Ray, who farmers in Cowley County.

The rating of the cotton right now stands at 11% poor to very poor with 36% good to excellent.

Across the state, 11% of the sunflowers are in bloom with 28% of the crop rated poor to very poor and 10% rated good to excellent.

The soil moisture report is perhaps the grimmest statistic of all.

Across the state, topsoil moisture is 89% short to very short and 11% adequate. Subsoil moisture is exactly the same.

Neither topsoil nor subsoil has any part of the state where it is rated as surplus.

Corn is being chopped for silage across much of the state, though farmers say that a backlog in insurance adjustment is costing them precious time to begin chopping while the stalks still have enough green to make good fodder.

"Every day that goes by it gets drier and higher in nitrates," said John Welch, manager at Southern Kansas Coop in Lewis. "Even the irrigated fields are looking like they won't make much grain."

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