Kansas Wheat Check In: An update after recent rains

The Southern Plains received even more rain in the last week, and it helped out some Kansas producers!

Last month, we shared an update on wheat from Alex out of Gray County. It looked like this, barely a crop visible and extremely dry land. He said he was kissing his dry land wheat goodbye, and that this was the best spot in the field.

However, he did not have to kiss his crop goodbye! He tweeted this photo one month later and says the rain was literally a miracle. The crop looks great and is green as far as the eye can see.

USDA Meteorologist, Brad Rippey, says overall though, rain did not do much food for the rest of the country’s wheat.

“We have seen a slight uptick in good to excellent ratings and a slight decrease in the very poor ratings. Its not enough to really turn the tide on what has been a very bad crop in the U.S. overall,” says Rippey.

Favorable weather has allowed spring wheat planting to catch up with 64% planted by May 21st.


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