Latest report: Wheat condition declining across the state


In this June 24, 2013, photo Lester Reimer harvests wheat on his farm near Lebo, Kan. The Kansas Agricultural Statistics Service said Monday, June 24, 2013, it estimates at least 8 percent of the wheat in the state has been harvested after an unusually late start. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

WICHITA —  A new report shows the condition of the Kansas winter wheat crop is declining.

The National Agricultural Statistics Service reported Monday that 44 percent of the state’s wheat is in poor or very poor shape. Another 43 percent rated as fair. Just 12 percent of the crop is considered in good condition, with 1 percent rated excellent.

The deterioration of the Kansas wheat crop comes amid a drought that has left 70 percent of the state’s topsoil moisture supplies considered short or very short.

Kansas farmers have also begun seeding corn with 2 percent now planted.


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