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Archive for Tuesday, October 20, 1998

WHEAT CROP 80% SEEDED

October 20, 1998

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Seeding of Kansas' 1999 wheat crop continues to trail the pace of past years, but Kansas Agricultural Statistics said Monday it made good progress last week.

Planting of what is expected to be from 10 million to 11 million acres of wheat was 80 percent completed at the end of last week. That pace trails the 92 percent planted last year and 92 percent in an average year.

The state said 49 percent of the wheat acreage had emerged, compared with the average for this time of 76 percent. Seventy-four percent of the wheat is rated in good to excellent condition, and 21 percent in fair condition.

Harvest of fall crops remains ahead of schedule, with 82 percent of the corn, 57 percent of the soybeans and 62 percent of the sorghum now cut. In an average year, 76 percent of the corn, 54 percent of the beans and 47 percent of the milo have been harvested by this time.

Topsoil moisture was rated 90 percent adequate to surplus and subsoil moisture was rated 88 percent adequate to surplus.

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