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Weed State

Jeff Garretson - June 17, 2014 12:55 pm

Recent rains and a short standing winter wheat crop has made for new challenges across much of Kansas.

Aaron Harries with Kansas Wheat in Manhattan joined in on the KSAL Morning News with a look at the crop that has producers hoping to push go on their combines, “It’s down to a race now between the weeds and the wheat,” Harries said.

“Those weeds are going to be growing now so it’s really going to become urgent for the guys to get out there as soon as it dries down and start bringing that stuff in.”

Harries explains that the wheat stands were thin – which allowed weeds to get a foothold, “The complication it causes for harvest is that you are trying to run dry material and green material through the combine at the same time – it’s a real headache,” he said.

Harries, who has been the Director of Marketing at Kansas Wheat since 2006, says after it’s all said and done there will be pockets that make producers smile, “Northwest Kansas is going to have some really good wheat.”

For more on the Kansas Wheat Commission go online to www.kswheat.com