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Hot, dry weather taking toll on crops

Crop conditions in Kansas continued to decline over the past week because of hot and mostly dry weather, according to a report by the state's field office for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

For corn through the week ending Sunday, the report rated 50 percent of the crop as good, 28 percent fair, 13 percent excellent, 7 percent poor and 2 percent very poor.

Seventy-four percent of the corn had reached the dough stage, well ahead of the five-year average of 60 percent.

For the soybean crop, 50 percent was rated good, 30 percent fair, 10 percent excellent, 7 percent poor and 3 percent very poor.

Eighty percent of the soybeans had reached the blooming stage, 6 percent below the five-year average.

Fifty percent of the sunflowers are in bloom, only 1 percent below the five-year average. As for quality of the crop, 62 percent was rated good, 27 percent fair, 7 percent excellent, 3 percent poor and 1 percent very poor.

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