Kansas farmers planting ahead of last year's pace

May 21: Kansas Corn Planting at 82%

Despite wet weather conditions in parts of the state, Kansas farmers planted 700,000 acres of corn in the past week. The May 21 Kansas Ag Statistics Service Crop Progress Report showed that Kansas corn planting was 82 percent complete, up from 68 percent complete last week. The crop is ahead of last year’s pace of 69 percent, and surpassing the five year average of 79 percent. Emerged was 56  percent, ahead of 46 last year and the 49 average.

Northwest: 54% planted, 16% emerged
West Central: 68% planted, 25% emerged
Southwest: 84% planted, 51% emerged
North Central: 78% planted, 47% emerged
Central Kansas: 92% planted, 77% emerged
South Central: 95% planted, 79% emerged
Northeast: 97% planted, 83% emerged
East Central Kansas: 98% planted, 85% emerged
Southeast Kansas: 97% planted, 86% emerged

For the week ending May 20, 2018, there were 5.1 days suitable for fieldwork, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Topsoil moisture supplies rated 21 percent very short, 30 short, 47 adequate, and 2 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 21 percent very short, 37 short, 41 adequate, and 1 surplus.