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Drier weather aids efforts to finish wheat harvest

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Tuesday, July 8, 2014, at 8:26 a.m.

As of the weekend, the wheat harvest was more than 80 percent complete in south-central Kansas, and 70 percent complete statewide, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Recent rains didn’t help the drought-damaged wheat crop. The USDA rated the wheat as: 28 percent very poor, 33 percent poor, 27 percent fair, 11 percent good, and 1 percent excellent.

In contrast, the corn, soybean and grain sorghum crops planted this spring look strong.

Corn is rated as 2 percent very poor, 6 percent poor, 34 percent fair, 47 percent good and 11 percent excellent.

The grain sorghum is rated 1 percent very poor, 5 percent poor, 37 percent fair, 49 percent good and 8 percent excellent.

And the soybeans were rated 1 percent very poor, 2 percent poor, 35 percent fair, 54 percent good and 8 percent excellent.

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