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Large Wheat Harvest Expected

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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A new government forecast released today
estimates the Kansas wheat harvest will come in 60 percent higher
than last year's drought-stricken crop.

Kansas Agricultural Statistics Service now estimates the harvest
at 426-point-eight million bushels. Farmers will cut wheat from
nine-point-seven million -- or about one and a half million
more than a year ago.

If so, it will make this the largest acreage harvested since
1998.

Today's revision is based on June first conditions. It's ten
percent higher than the forecast issued just a month ago.

Meanwhile, the Kansas harvest is getting a slow start. Rain
yesterday put a damper on many areas where the wheat is ready to
cut.

Test weights have been good, running between 59 and 62 pounds
per bushel.


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