MANHATTAN, Kan. (news release) – For the week ending August 18, 2019, there were 4.6 days suitable for fieldwork, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Topsoil moisture supplies rated 6 percent very short, 18 short, 67 adequate, and 9 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 5 percent very short, 18 short, 71 adequate, and 6 surplus.

Field Crops Report: Corn condition rated 4 percent very poor, 11 poor, 34 fair, 41 good, and 10 excellent. Corn silking was 97 percent, near 99 for both last year and the five-year average. Dough was 72 percent, behind 86 last year and 82 average. Dented was 37 percent, behind 56 last year, and near 41 average. Mature was 4 percent, behind 13 last year, and near 5 average.

Soybean condition rated 4 percent very poor, 8 poor, 40 fair, 43 good, and 5 excellent. Soybeans blooming was 84 percent, behind 96 last year and 92 average. Setting pods was 60 percent, well behind 81 last year, and behind 70 average.

Sorghum condition rated 2 percent very poor, 8 poor, 30 fair, 54 good, and 6 excellent. Sorghum headed was 66 percent, behind 83 last year and 78 average. Coloring was 11 percent, behind 25 last year and 18 average.

Cotton condition rated 3 percent very poor, 13 poor, 41 fair, 38 good, and 5 excellent. Cotton squaring was 92 percent, behind 100 last year, but near 90 average. Setting bolls was 55 percent, behind 68 last year, but ahead of 50 average. Bolls opening was 1 percent, near 2 last year and 4 average.

Pasture and Range Report: Pasture and range conditions rated 2 percent very poor, 6 poor, 27 fair, 55 good, and 10 excellent.

Data for this news release were provided at the county level by USDA Farm Service Agency, KSU Extension Service, and other reporters across the State. Access the National Crop Progress and Condition publication at: https://usda.library.cornell.edu/concern/publications/8336h188j