Rains Help Topsoil Moisture Levels In Kansas

Tom Farney cuts a test from a wheat field on Farney Farms near Hazelton, Kan., Wednesday, June 18, 2008. The test cut is taken to the local coop to check the moisture content. When the wheat is dry enough, harvest begins. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ Drenching rains across most of Kansas last
week have "improved considerably'' topsoil moisture conditions.

The Kansas Agricultural Statistics Service reported Monday this
is the first week since the end of June topsoil moisture has been
rated as greater than 50 percent adequate.

That has helped give the emerging Kansas winter wheat crop a
good soaking with 94 percent of the wheat now up. The agency rated
6 percent of the crop as excellent and 40 percent as good. An
additional 42 percent was in fair condition and 12 percent was in
poor to very poor condition.

Just 2 percent of the corn and 4 percent of the soybeans remain
to be harvested in Kansas.

The sorghum harvest is 89 percent complete.

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