After months of drought, the winter wheat crop is not the best of shape.
"It is hanging in there, we did get some moisture to help keep it going along," said Ryan Flaming, Kansas State Research and Extension Agent for Harvey County. "We still need a lot more moisture to get it where it needs to be. The cold and drought we had has definitely hurt it, we just will not know how badly until a little closer to harvest.
According to the most recent condition report for winter wheat, nearly half of the Kansas crop is in poor or very poor condition.
According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service's April 1 report, winter wheat condition rated 13 percent very poor, 34 percent poor, 43 percent fair, 10 percent good and none as excellent.
"That is actually better than it was. It was at about 60 (percent poor or very poor) earlier," Flaming said. "That is not good at all."
Flaming said the lack of rain has been the biggest hindrance to the crop.
According to the most recent report by the U.S. Drought Monitor, parts of Kansas are in "exceptional drought," the worst designation. Harvey County is rated as in severe drought.
Statewide, Topsoil moisture supplies rated 33 percent very short, 35 percent short, 31 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 29 percent very short, 43 percent short, 28 percent adequate and no surplus.
"We just need rain," Flaming said. "The pastures need it. The corn guys are not too bad off right now, with that spurt we had. Everyone is still praying for rain."
The last rain in the area was March 27 and 28.