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Larry Landis stirs up a little dust while planting soybeans Monday afternoon south of Lawrence. Soybean planting is 48 percent complete across the state, according to a new report, well below the 83 percent planted by this time last spring. The report also showed that disease and bad weather have taken a toll on the winter wheat crop. The crop's condition has declined 5 percent in the past week as locally severe hail storms battered parts of Kansas. Diseases also continue to plague nearly half the crop. As of Sunday -- with harvest for most farmers probably less than a week away -- the Kansas winter wheat crop was rated 17 percent excellent, 49 percent good, 24 percent fair, 7 percent poor and 3 percent very poor.