Environment
6:22 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Kan. Farmers Welcome Rain, Start Planting Spring Crops

Kansas farmers are getting ready to seed their spring crops, with a few fields of corn already planted in eastern sections.

The latest report by the Kansas Agricultural Statistics Service also said spring calving is nearly finished in the state. Livestock producers are still worried about having enough stock water. Supplies are reported as "adequate" in just 36 percent of Kansas.

South-central Kansas got some welcomed rain in the past week. But drought-stricken pastures have yet to recover statewide, with 77 percent now reported in poor to very poor condition.

The agency also says 31 percent of the winter wheat crop is in poor to very poor condition. About 38 percent is reported in fair shape, with 29 percent rated good and 2 percent in excellent condition.