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HAMPERED HARVEST NEARS END

July 6, 1999

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Recent warm and sunny weather has allowed for area farmers to nearly finish harvesting the wheat crop.

Area farmers have finished or are nearly finished harvesting this year's wheat crop, which they described as "average."

"It wasn't anything to get excited about," said Mark Wulfkuhle, who Sunday night completed the harvest of about 160 acres of wheat west of Lawrence.

He and his wife, Brenna, began harvesting on Friday.

Because of recent rains, many farmers hadn't been able to place large combines in their fields to harvest their crops.

"It (the ground) started getting back pretty good in the last couple of days," Wulfkuhle said.

Not far from Mark and Brenna Wulfkuhle, Lloyd and Caroline Wulfkuhle also have nearly finished harvesting about 250 acres of wheat. Their crop was planted about a mile and a half west of Stull.

The wheat was yielding 35 to 38 pounds per bushel, Caroline Wulfkuhle said.

"It's about average," she said.

"We try to get up to 45 or 50 (pounds) but with all the rain we've had, it's only going to be about average this year," she said.

"We had a lot of grass and weeds in with the wheat," Mark Wulfkuhle said. "It wasn't too good."

Last year, yields were up to 60 pounds a bushel, said Robert Gales, general manager of Farmers Cooperative Assn., 2121 Moodie Rd.

Gales wasn't available for comment on Monday.

Also, last year there were 900,000 fewer acres of wheat planted across the state than in 1997, according to figures from Kansas Agriculture Statistics.

This year, extension agents and agricultural officials have said that they expect the amount of wheat will be down from last year because of the rain.

From April 1 through June 30, Lawrence received 21.18 inches of rain. There have been only three other years since 1945 in which Lawrence received that much rain during the same time period.

-- Michael Dekker's phone message number is 832-7187. His e-mail address is mdekker@ljworld.com.

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