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Report: Kansas winter wheat maturing slowly this season

May 6, 2019

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A new government report says the Kansas winter wheat crop is maturing more slowly than usual.

The National Agricultural Statistics Service reported Monday that about 14% of the wheat has now headed. That is near what it was a year ago, but well behind the 41% average for this date.

The agency also rated wheat condition as 10% poor to very poor, 32% in fair shape, and 58% in good to excellent condition.

Growers have also seeded about 41% of their corn acreage, behind the 51% that is normally in the ground by this time.

Planting of soybean and sorghum crops in Kansas is just getting under way with progress at or near the average.