WICHITA, Kansas (AP) – The weekly snapshot of Kansas crops shows the winter wheat harvest at the 57 percent mark as of Sunday.
The National Agricultural Statistics Service said Monday the harvest lags behind the 99 percent completed last year at the same time. The late-June average is 67 percent.
Cutting was delayed this year by cool weather that delayed the wheat’s maturity. The agency says just 85 percent of the wheat is now ripe. By this time a year ago, the entire crop was ripe.
It rates the condition of wheat still in the field as 43 percent poor to very poor, 24 percent fair and 33 percent good to excellent.
The Kansas report also says farmers have planted 97 percent of the sorghum crop and 95 percent of soybeans.