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Winter Wheat Deteriorating in Kansas

Associated Press - May 5, 2014 6:15 pm

Growers in Kansas and across the nation have seeded far fewer acres of winter wheat for harvest this year.

Growers in Kansas and across the nation have seeded far fewer acres of winter wheat for harvest this year.

Winter wheat is deteriorating in Kansas amid dry, windy weather conditions and little rain.

The National Agricultural Statistics Service reported Monday that almost half of the state’s crop is faring poorly.

What little rain Kansas got last week was limited to eastern and northern counties. Topsoil moisture is short or very short in 70 percent of Kansas.

The weekly snapshot shows 18 percent of winter wheat rated as very poor and 29 percent as poor. About 36 percent is in fair condition with 16 percent in good and 1 percent in excellent condition. About 15 percent of the crop has now headed.

The agency also reports that 52 percent of the corn, 1 percent of the sorghum and 4 percent of the soybeans have been planted.

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