Kansas' crops still deteriorating despite recent rainfall, as 72% of corn, 75% of soybeans, 70% of sorghum in poor to very poor condition, USDA says; 17% of corn has been harvested, up from 3% last year

WICHITA, Kansas , August 21, 2012 () – Kansas Agricultural Statistics Service says last week's scattered rainfall did little to stem the deterioration of parched crops throughout the state.

A weekly survey released Monday showed every major crop rated in poor to very poor condition: corn at 72 percent, soybeans at 75 percent, and sorghum at 70 percent.

The agency said it's the worst condition report for all three crops since data collections began in 1985.

Farmers have cut 17 percent of their corn, well ahead of the 3 percent harvested at the same time last year.

There was no good news for livestock producers, either.

About 92 percent of range and pasture throughout Kansas was rated in poor to very poor condition. Supplies of stock water were short to very short across 74 percent of the state.

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