Source: Kansas Wheat

December, 2010 was an abnormally dry month in Kansas, with just two locations (Columbus and Iola) reporting more than one-half inch of precipitation.

That doesn't bode well for the 2011 wheat crop, which is suffering from lack of moisture and snow cover. In fact, 15 percent of the crop has suffered light to moderate freeze damage thus far, and 7 percent has suffered freeze damage, according to the Crop Progress and Condition Report, issued by Kansas Agricultural Statistics on Jan. 3.

The condition of the wheat crop has declined to 11 percent very poor, 22 percent poor, 40 percent fair, 25 percent good and 2 percent excellent at the end of the month. The lack of snow cover, plus dry conditions, have some farmers concerned that the winter wheat crop is vulnerable to damage.

The Jan. 3 report summarized the annual precipitation amounts in Kansas. For 2010, Leavenworth reported 47 inches of precipitation, 6.34 inches above the normal annual total. Elkhart received 11.74 inches of precipitation, the liowest in the state and 7.14 inches below normal.

Other locations include:
Town         Annual Precip (departure from normal)
Colby         18.97-inches (-1.76)
Tribune       18.81-inches (+1.48)
Beloit          27.19-inches (-0.31)
Hays           23.38-inches (+0.75)
Hutchinson  30.41-inches (+0.09)
Manhattan   31.23-inches (-3.57)
Emporia      35.54-inches (+0.43)
Parsons       40.48-inches (-1.41)