Wheat tour checks potentially reduced crop

By: KAKE.com/Associated Press Email
By: KAKE.com/Associated Press Email
A trip across Kansas is checking how much dry windy weather has affected the developing wheat crop.

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WICHITA, Kan. - A trip across Kansas is checking how much dry windy weather has affected the developing wheat crop.

The annual Kansas spring wheat tour stopped in Wichita Wednesday night. The two-day tour heads for Kansas City Thursday, checking the quality of winter wheat at about 400 fields.

The latest government estimate gives reason for concern. It shows only 21 percent of the Kansas wheat crop is good or excellent. The rating is fair for 42 percent, while 37 percent of the wheat is poor or very poor.

Drought conditions are so bad in parts of Oklahoma that some farmers are thinking about not even harvesting their wheat. They might take crop insurance money, and declare this year a total loss. State conservation officials are warning if farmers do that, plowing under fields might cause more wind erosion.


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