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Wheat crop three weeks ahead of schedule

The wheat crop is three weeks ahead of schedule, one of the most advanced in recent history, because of the warm winter and spring.

The crop is 87 percent jointed in south central Kansas. The state was 61 percent jointed, compared to the five-year average of 21 percent.

The only years when wheat jointed at the beginning of April as close to this year were 2007 with 46 percent, 2000 with 44 percent, and 1995 with 43 percent.

Rain continues to improve the condition of the crop, as well. This week the wheat crop was 2 percent very poor, 6 percent poor, 32 percent fair, 49 percent good, and 11 percent excellent. Wind damage to Kansas wheat slightly decreased to 10 percent light, 3 percent moderate, and 1 percent severe. Insect damage increased to 10 percent light, 3 percent moderate, and 1 percent severe, while disease damage increased to 11 percent light and 1 percent moderate.

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