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Outlook for wheat dims as rain falls short

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at 8:24 a.m.
  • Updated Sunday, June 1, 2014, at 10:44 a.m.

Winter wheat conditions continued to go down hill last week, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

As of the weekend, the wheat crop statewide was rated as 13 percent very poor, 24 poor, 42 fair, 20 good, and 1 excellent. A lack of moisture through the past two months has led to declining conditions across much of the state.

In south central Kansas, the state’s heaviest wheat growing region, 84 percent of top soil and 74 percent of the subsoil was rated short or very short of moisture.

The USDA said 56 percent of the crop had jointed and 4 percent had headed, well behind the five-year average of 74 percent and 19 percent.

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