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Published October 20, 2010, 01:56 PM

Harvest 90 percent finished in southwest Kansas

GARDEN CITY, Kan. — Farmers in southwest Kansas are expected to wrap up harvest this weekend, far ahead of last year’s pace.

GARDEN CITY, Kan. — Farmers in southwest Kansas are expected to wrap up harvest this weekend, far ahead of last year’s pace.

Producers and co-op officials are attributing the earlier end of the harvest to a hot, dry summer and early fall, which helped dry corn more quickly than in past years.

The Kansas Agricultural Statistics Service reported Monday that dry weather allowed the state’s farmers to harvest 89 percent of the corn crop. That’s compared with the five-year average of 67 percent for this time of year.

The Garden City Telegram reports that last year’s corn crop, which was hampered by wet weather, was only 43 percent harvested at this time last year.

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