The USDA Crop Progress Report for the week ending May 5 ranked the Kansas winter wheat crop the worst in the nation. This is primarily due to drought and stripe rust. Soil moisture supplies were mostly short and below. For the week ending May 5, topsoil moisture rated 24% very short, 25% short, 40% adequate and 11% surplus. The subsoil moisture rated 23% very short, 33% short, 39% adequate and 5% surplus.

The drought monitor map for Kansas that was released on May 2 shows that:

  • 27% of the state is in D2 severe drought
  • 29% is in D1 moderate drought
  • 27% is abnormally dry
  • 16% of the state is drought-free.

The USDA Crop Progress report shows that the winter wheat crop condition in Kansas is currently 31% poor/very poor, 35% fair and 32% good/excellent.

Read more about Kansas winter wheat and drought conditions here.