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CROPS

April 28, 1998

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A mid-April freeze did only limited damage to the state's wheat crop, according to a weekly crop report issued Monday, and corn planting is ahead of schedule.

Warm temperatures and little precipitation last week allowed corn planting to progress significantly across the state, Kansas Agricultural Statistics said in its weekly crops and weather report. Corn planting is now 55 percent complete, well ahead of last year's pace, when 18 percent of corn acreage was planted. It's more than double the average of 26 percent planted by this time.

In Douglas County, Extension officials said, more than 80 percent of the corn crop has been planted.

Wet weather in many corn-producing states has slowed progress.

As of Sunday, the state's wheat crop was rated 23 percent excellent, 57 percent good, 17 percent fair and 3 percent poor, the report said.

Freeze damage was reported to be 2 percent moderate, 10 percent light and 88 percent with no damage. Last week, only 6 percent had light damage, and 89 percent was undamaged by freeze.

Also by Sunday, 88 percent of the wheat crop was in the jointing stage, ahead of last year's pace of 71 percent and the average of 68 percent.

Spring oats planting is 99 percent complete.

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