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Published October 05, 2010, 11:44 AM

Kansas harvest makes progress, wheat planting slow

WICHITA, Kan. — Kansas farmers are making good progress in getting fall crops out of the field thanks to excellent harvest weather. But those same dry conditions are causing some wheat growers to delay planting until moisture conditions improve.

WICHITA, Kan. — Kansas farmers are making good progress in getting fall crops out of the field thanks to excellent harvest weather. But those same dry conditions are causing some wheat growers to delay planting until moisture conditions improve.

Kansas Agricultural Statistics Service reported Monday the corn harvest is two weeks ahead of normal, with 69 percent of the crop harvested by the weekend. About 24 percent of the sorghum has also been cut along with 19 percent of the soybeans.

Meanwhile, wheat planting is lagging behind normal with just 45 percent planted. That was up sharply from just 21 percent a week earlier, but well behind the five-year average of 53 percent planted by the start of October.

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