WICHITA, Kansas — A new government report says that 8 percent of the Kansas corn crop is now mature.
The National Agricultural Statistics Service reported Monday that is near the 12 percent that had matured by this time a year ago, but is behind the 20 percent average for this late in the season.
The agency was upbeat about the condition of the crop with 12 percent rated as excellent and 47 percent as good. About 31 percent was said to be in fair shape, with 10 percent rated in poor to very poor condition.
Other major Kansas crops are also making progress.
About 71 percent of the state's soybeans are setting pods and 1 percent of its sorghum crop is now mature.
The fourth cutting of alfalfa is 28 percent complete.