Harvest Reaches Northwest Kansas

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Hot, dry weather has pushed the Kansas wheat harvest northward.

And poor crops are more wide-spread than expected.

Farmers and elevator operators in southern counties report smaller crops due to general drought, and spotty rain with damaging hail.

At one location, they dug down 32 feet and found no moisture.

Harvesting is winding down in Hays and Russell, where 85 percent of the wheat is cut. Great Bend is about 80 percent finished.

The first loads from Colby and Goodland have low yields and varying test weights.

In Colby yields range between ten and 39 bushels per acre.

Yields in Goodland are 15 to 20 bushels per acre.

In Garden City, farmers report yields as low as two bushels per acre and as high as 75 bushels per acre.

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