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Archive for Tuesday, November 10, 1998

WET CONDITIONS STALL HARVEST, WHEAT SEEDING

November 10, 1998

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Harvest and wheat seeding splashed to a standstill as rains and flooding rolled across Kansas last week, the state reported Monday.

In its weekly crops and weather report, Kansas Agricultural Statistics said wheat seeding was about 97 percent complete across Kansas by the end of last week. Usually, it would be 99 percent finished by this time.

In the east central region that includes Douglas County, wheat had emerged on 70 percent of the acreage planted. That compares with 90 percent statewide.

The wheat crop's condition was 12 percent excellent, 56 percent good, 25 percent fair, 6 percent poor and 1 percent very poor.

Meanwhile, corn harvest is 97 percent finished statewide. That compares with an average of 94 percent harvested by this time.

Harvest of other crops is also nearly done.

About 94 percent of the state's sorghum crop is in, compared with an 87 percent average. In the region including Douglas County, sorghum harvest was 93 percent complete.

About 88 percent of the state's soybean crop is in, a bit slower than the 91 percent in by this time most years. In the east central region, soybean harvest was 86 percent finished. Sunflower growers have harvested 95 percent of that crop.

Douglas County received 5.29 inches of rain during the week.

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