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National statistics service rates majority of Kansas corn, soybean crops fair or better


TOPEKA, Kansas — Kansas corn and soybean crops were generally in good shape last week as farmers got into their fields an average of 5.7 days.

The USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service says temperatures were above normal in the eastern half of the state and below normal in the west for the week ended Sunday.

Most of the state received half an inch or more of precipitation over the period. Topsoil moisture was rated 5 percent surplus, 70 percent adequate, 22 percent short and 3 percent very short.

The statistics service says 89 percent of the state's corn crop was fair or better, with 8 percent poor and 3 percent very poor. The soybean crop rated 5 percent excellent, 45 percent good, 41 percent fair, 8 percent poor and 1 percent very poor.

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