Rainfall comes too late to help SW Kansas crop

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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OFFERLE, Kan. (AP) — Farmers in parched southwest Kansas say the unusually high amount of rain that fell last month came too late to help the dryland wheat crop but just in time to delay harvesting of what little of the crop managed to survive.

Garden City experienced the driest January through May on record, but in June it received 10.5 inches of rain -- far above the 3 inches it normally receives for the month.

The Hutchinson News reports the wheat harvest usually would be finished by now, but steady rainfall has kept combines out of the fields for several weeks.

Garden City Co-op, which has 20 elevator locations across southwest Kansas, says only about 2 million bushels, or half of this year's crop, have been brought in to the cooperative's elevators.

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