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Spring planting far behind in Kansas amid storms

June 03, 2019 - 8:37 pm

The latest government report shows just how far behind Kansas growers are in planting their crops amid all the rain and flooding in the state. 

The National Agricultural Statistics Service reported Monday that 26% of the soybeans have been planted. Normally by this late in the season about 53% on average would be seeded by now. Just 8% of the state's sorghum crop has been planted, which is well behind the 26% average. Corn planting is going slower than usual with 79% seeded, compared to the 93% average.

Even winter wheat planted last fall is maturing slower. About 16% of the wheat is coloring, well behind the 48% average. The silver lining is that 87 percent of the wheat is reported in fair to very good condition, with the harvest set to begin later this month. 

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