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Winter wheat crop improving with rain

Rainfall last week improved the Kansas winter wheat crop, while slowing corn planting, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

For the wheat crop, 49 percent was jointed, behind 52 percent for last year and 64 percent for the five-year average. Condition was rated as 71 percent good or excellent, 24 percent fair and 5 percent poor or very poor.

Eighty-four percent of the wheat crop had no wind damage and 86 percent had no freeze damage. Insect infestation remained light. Disease infestation increased 3 points to 9 percent as there were some reports of powdery mildew.

On the corn crop, 21 percent was planted, ahead of last year and the five-year average.

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