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Livestock producers graze wheat acres

November 28, 2006

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— Kansas producers have put livestock on emerging winter wheat fields to graze before winter sets in, Kansas Agricultural Statistics Service reported Monday.

In its weekly crop report, the agency said 9 percent of the state's wheat had been pastured.

While some wheat in the state is planted solely as cattle pasture, most livestock typically comes off in time for the wheat to recover.

Ultimately, the wheat will end up being harvested for grain.

The agency reported the following numbers for wheat condition:

¢ 2 percent very poor,

¢ 6 percent poor,

¢ 41 percent fair,

¢ 44 percent good and

¢ 7 percent excellent.

But the condition of the state's ranges and pastures remained grim.

Last week, no rain was reported throughout the state.

According to the latest update:

¢ 53 percent of Kansas pastures were in poor to very poor condition,

¢ 32 percent were in fair condition and

¢ 15 percent were in good condition.

Meanwhile, fall harvest is all but wrapped up.

About 99 percent of the corn and 97 percent of the sorghum have been harvested, along with 98 percent of the sunflowers, the agency said.

About 55 percent of the cotton also is in now.

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