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Local Wheat Crop Suffering, but Doing Better Than You Might Think

Wheat FieldWith continued drought conditions in Kansas, the winter wheat crop that is now emerging is starting to suffer, but local officials say its better here than in other areas of the state.

According to the Kansas Agricultural Statistics Service, about a quarter of the state's crop is in poor condition, but Russell County Extension Agent John Stannard says, so far at least, the wheat coming up in Russell County looks about average.

"The wheat's about where we'd expect it to be, but we're starting to see some drought damage," Stannard said. "We really do need moisture."

Other statewide numbers from the Statistics Service show 95 percent of the winter wheat had emerged by last week. 24 percent was rated in poor to very poor condition, with 46 percent rated fair, 29 percent rated good and one percent in excellent shape.

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