Mild summer weather helping fall crops

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WICHITA, Kan. -- Fall crops are doing very well right now in Kansas; mild temperatures and plenty of rainfall have them booming.

Many of the crops harvested in the fall - soybeans, corn, pumpkins, ect... - are growing fast and healthy. Some corn crops are pushing seven feet tall.

Cox Farm sells locally grown tomatoes and has corn maizes and pumpkin patches in the fall. Ron Stein owns Cox Farm and is very excited for the potential crop. "Its going to be great, one of the best crops we have had in a long time," Stein said.

Farmers across the state are having good luck with their crops. Julie Niehage is an extension agent for the Golden Prairie District in Oakley, Kan. and says the timely rainfall is helping the farmers out west. "With these earlier rains we had, a lot of farmers are really excited that they might be able to grow a fall crop this year and a good one," Niehage said.

Neihage says that they could still use some rain in the western part of the state to overcome years of drought, but in the eastern parts, there is almost too much rain.

Some farmers in south central Kansas cannot get into their fields because they are too wet. There are also farmers in some parts of the state that still are trying to cut their winter wheat but cannot because the ground is muddy.

Here is a link to the current drought monitor Click here were it shows all but a slim portion of eastern Kansas still suffering from drought conditions.

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