Nebraska, Kansas Crop Report
The recent warm and dry conditions are taking a toll on Nebraska's crops, but reports show irrigated crops are still doing well.
The U.S. Agriculture Department estimates that 82 percent of the irrigated corn is in good or excellent shape. That's better than the average of 75 percent good or excellent at this time of year.
But on the other end of the spectrum, only about 39 percent of the dryland corn is in good or excellent condition. That's significantly worse than the average of 58 percent.
Kansas farmers are also reporting less than good conditions in their fields. Kansas corn is rated as 30 percent poor to very poor, while 31 percent is considered in fair shape. Only about 32 percent of the crop is in good condition, and 7 percent is rated excellent.
The National Agricultural Statistics Service shows the Kansas corn crop is maturing much slower than normal.
The agency said in its weekly update Tuesday that just 4 percent of the crop has matured, well behind last year's figure of 60 percent and an early-September average of 33 percent.
Meanwhile, about 30 percent of the sorghum is turning color now and about 83 percent of the soybeans are setting pods in Kansas.