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Wheat crop remains three weeks ahead of schedule

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Tuesday, April 24, 2012, at 8:28 a.m.

Warm temperatures continued to push the Kansas wheat crop three weeks ahead of average. Wheat in south central and southeast Kansas is more than 80 percent headed.

The condition of the wheat crop fell slightly to 2 percent very poor, 5 percent poor, 25 percent fair, 51 percent good, and 17 percent excellent.

Insect damage to the wheat crop continues to increase to 19 percent light, 5 percent moderate, and 1 percent severe, while disease damage increased to 26 percent light, 11 percent moderate, and 2 percent severe.

Corn planting was 32 percent complete, a week ahead of the five-year average of 19 percent. While corn in western Kansas is still below 10 percent planted, 54 percent of the crop has already emerged in the southeast.

Soybean growers have just started planting their crop, primarily in eastern Kansas and are 2 percent complete.

The first cutting of alfalfa was 14 percent complete last week, ahead of the previous year and five-year average.

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