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Wet weather helping boost wheat crop

April 21, 2009

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Heavy rains across Kansas gave the state’s winter wheat crop a boost, even as farmers got a clearer picture of damage caused by temperatures dipping below freezing earlier this month.

A report Monday from the Kansas Agricultural Statistics Service rated 40 percent of the crop as fair, 40 percent as good and 4 percent as excellent, after the recent wet weather.

The report says 16 percent of the crop is in poor to very poor condition.

Conditions varied dramatically across the state, with south-central Kansas wheat being hardest hit by frigid temperatures two weeks ago.

Farmers in that major wheat-growing region were grateful for recent cool, wet weather that has helped wheat plants heal themselves even as farmers assessed the damage.

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