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Kansas winter wheat harvest moves further north

June 17, 2011

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— The industry trade group Kansas Wheat says the state's winter wheat harvest has moved as far north as Ottawa County.

The group reported in its latest harvest report Thursday that farmers brought in 10,000 bushels of wheat in Ottawa County before a rain shower Thursday morning stopped harvest for the day.

Meanwhile, severe drought and a late-season hail storm have wreaked havoc in Grant County.

Justin Lueck of United Prairie Ag in Ulysses told the group that they expected just 20 percent of a normal harvest at its nine locations. Yields have ranged from 5 to 25 bushels per acre with test weights of about 60 pounds per bushel.

Farmer Scott Van Allen says yields in Sumner County have been better than expected. His crop averaged 35 bushels per acre.

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