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Wheat continues to wither in hot, dry fields

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Tuesday, May 6, 2014, at 8:22 a.m.

The state’s farmland continues to dry out out, and the winter wheat crop is showing increased deterioration, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The wheat crop statewide is rated 18 percent very poor, 29 poor, 36 fair, 16 good, and 1 excellent.

In south central Kansas just 14 percent of the top soil and 20 percent of the subsoil was rated as having adequate moisture. The rest of central and western Kansas was also very dry.

The unusually dry and hot weather has taken a toll on the wheat, which usually is harvested in Kansas starting in June. Participants in a recent statewide wheat tour predicted it will be Kansas’ worst crop since 1996.

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