Agriculture
7:18 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Rain Brings Needed Relief To Kansas Crops

A new government report shows recent rain and cooler temperatures are relieving the stress on Kansas farm crops.

The National Agricultural Statistics Service reports that producers in many areas of central Kansas saw beneficial amounts of rain in the past week.

Central Kansas had the biggest improvement in topsoil moisture, although eastern and western sections also showed some improvement. Topsoil moisture is still in short supply across 56 percent of Kansas.

The weekly snapshot rated the corn crop's condition as 28 percent poor, 39 percent in fair, and 29 percent in good shape.

The agency also said about 53 percent of the state's range and pastures were still in poor or very poor shape.