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Rains slow state wheat harvest, crop’s maturity

June 24, 2003

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Cloudy skies and scattered rains have slowed the Kansas wheat harvest by about a week, Kansas Agricultural Statistics Service said Monday.

About 14 percent of the winter wheat crop had been harvested in Kansas, the agency said in its weekly crop weather report.

By this time, Kansas farmers usually have put 33 percent of the crop in the bin, KASS said. Last year at this time, 25 percent of the crop had been cut.

The cool wet weather also has slowed the crop's maturity.

KASS reported that 52 percent of the wheat crop was ripe. That compares with 67 percent last year and 75 percent for the five-year average.

Statewide, wheat condition was 18 percent excellent and 39 percent good. Another 27 percent was listed in fair shape, while 11 percent was in poor condition and 5 percent in very poor condition, KASS said.

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