(Jamie) Welcome back to Farm Factor and the Kansas Soybean Report.
(Greg) This is the Kansas Soybean Update. It’s brought to you by the Kansas Soybean Commission. The Soybean Checkoff, Progress Powered by Kansas Farmers. Mary Knapp, Assistant State Climatologist is joining us and Mary, as fall harvest is underway for soybean producers out there, how are they looking as far as the weather as they continue the harvest? (Mary) Well the weather is actually looking pretty favorable from the harvest standpoint. The question will be just how much of the rain materializes. We’re looking at temperatures being in the moderate range, with highs maybe approaching 80 degrees towards the midweek in advance of the next frontal system. There is going to be a scattered chance of moisture and this is best chances, believe it or not are going to be in the western part of the state. Question is how much moisture will be out of that? It may be mostly a missed event rather than an actual rainfall event, so maybe enough to have problems with the moisture in the beans not necessarily getting into the field. After that the 6 to 10 and 8 to 14 day outlooks which carry us through the 18th of October, are both tilted towards dry for the moisture side with the greatest chance for below normal moisture, not surprisingly in the eastern part of the state. We’re getting out of rainy season and so in the west it doesn’t take much to get to normal on the freeze up. (Greg) And Mary as we talk about potential for early freeze, have we seen any freezing temperatures in the state already? (Mary) We have seen some reports. The closest reading so far has been up in Brown County where Horton saw 29 degrees this weekend on the 4th. We also saw some temperatures more widespread out in northwest Kansas where the lows were down to 33. And of course if it’s reported at one of our observing stations at that low of a temperature, low lying areas are likely to have seen some colder readings as well. (Greg) And typically you would be mid to late October before we would even get to an average freeze date in Kansas. (Mary) Well it depends again upon the part of the state. In the northwest and north central the average freeze date is actually late September to that first week in October and that drops back into mid-October as you get into the middle part of the state and late October as you get down into that southeastern corner. (Greg) Alright Mary, we appreciate your time. Thank you very much. (Mary) Thanks Greg. (Greg) Mary Knapp, Assistant State Climatologist for Kansas joins us on the Kansas Soybean Update. It’s brought to you by the Kansas Soybean Commission. The Soybean Checkoff, Progress Powered by Kansas Farmers. Learn more at kansassoybeans.org. For Kansas Soybeans I’m Greg Akagi.
(Jamie) Hope you enjoyed this week’s Kansas Soybean Report. Stay tuned for Duane’s visit with Jim Sears, with Bayer Animal Health.