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Rains slow wheat harvest, help fall crops

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Tuesday, July 1, 2014, at 9:56 a.m.
  • Updated Wednesday, July 2, 2014, at 6:55 a.m.

The wheat harvest was nearly two-thirds complete in south central Kansas, and 40 percent statewide, as of the weekend, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Drought through the winter and spring hurt the crop. Statewide, wheat conditions were rated 28 percent very poor, 33 poor, 27 fair, 11 good, and 1 excellent.

By now, wheat harvest is typically well over 50 percent complete in Kansas, but recent rains across the state have kept cutters out of the fields.

Those same rains have helped crops planted in the spring for fall harvest. The corn crop was rated 9 percent poor or very poor, 36 fair, 45 good, and 10 excellent.

The sorghum crop was rated 6 percent poor or very poor, 39 fair, 48 good, and 7 excellent. And the soybean crop were rated 3 percent poor or very poor, 36 fair, 54 good, and 7 excellent.

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