According to USDA, winter wheat harvest is in full swing across the state. Winter wheat condition rated 8 percent very poor, 15 poor, 31 fair, 40 good, and 6 excellent. Harvested was 48 percent, behind 53 last year, but near 47 for the five-year average.
The Kansas Agriculture and Rural Leadership board of directors announced J.J. Jones as the new interim president of the KARL program, effective July 1, 2017. Jones will succeed Alvin Davis, who resigned from the position.
A federal jury has ordered Syngenta to pay $217.7 million to Kansas farmers after a verdict was announced at a trial in Kansas City. The class action lawsuit was brought because of the Viptera line of corn seed Syngenta began selling to farmers in 2011.
Agriculture Equipment and Machinery Depreciation Act has been introduced, to help farmers purchase new equipment and replace worn-out machinery by amending the U.S. tax code to permanently set a five-year depreciation schedule for certain ag equipment.
Cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in the United States for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 11.1 million head on June 1, 2017. The inventory was 3 percent above June 1, 2016.
Frank York, a farmer from Ashland, said that everyone was "pleasantly surprised with yields." He reported that most of his ground averaged about 50 bushels per acre, a yield well above average for the area.