More than half of the Kansas corn crop is rated good to excellent as the critical grain formation time for the crop draws to a close, according to the latest statistics from the Kansas Agricultural Statistics Service.
The corn crop is rated 42% good and 9% excellent. Only about 4% of this year's drop is very poor, with 9% rated poor and 36% fair.
Sorghum heading is almost complete, with 40% of the crop coloring, compared to 57% last year and 47% for the five-year average.
Sorghum is rated 11% excellent, 48% good, 29% fair , 9% poor and 3% very poor.
Soybeans are setting pods and most appear to have not been adversely affected by the extreme heat of early August. The bean crop is 19% excellent, 49% good, 27% fair, 4% poor and 1% very poor.
Cotton is in the bolls open stage and is rated 60% good to excellent, while sunflowers are blooming and the fourth cutting of alfalfa has been completed.