agriculture

Rain Brings Needed Relief To Kansas Crops

Jul 30, 2013

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.

Despite Recent Rains, Kansas Crops and Pastures Suffer

Jul 23, 2013

Spotty rain showers across much of the state this week were too little to improve drought conditions in western Kansas.

The National Agricultural Statistics Service reported Monday that dryland farm crops and pastures are still suffering from lack of rain. The agency said it has received reports of failed corn and sorghum crops in areas missed by the rain, as well as fields damaged by hail or wind.

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GVL Polymers Inc., will soon open a plant in Kansas, just north of Newton. 

The company plans to build a 50,000-square-foot facility in Hesston and says it will employ more than 20 full-time workers within its first year. GVL's main plant and headquarters are in Litchfield, Minn., where it employees 40 people. The Hesston location will be the company's second plant.

Participants in the Kansas wheat quality tour have forecast the state will harvest 313 million bushels despite drought and freezes.

Warmer Temperatures Needed To Assess Wheat Damage

Apr 22, 2013

A new report says warmer temperatures are needed before Kansas farmers can assess the freeze damage to their winter wheat crop.

Kan. Farmers Welcome Rain, Start Planting Spring Crops

Apr 9, 2013

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.

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