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Report Shows Grim Wheat Conditions

wheat fieldRecent rains across Kansas are greening up the state's parched pastures and helping spring-planted crops.

But the improved soil moisture conditions have come too late to help most of the state's drought-stricken winter wheat crop as harvest nears.

The National Agricultural Statistics Service reported Monday that 63 percent of the wheat in Kansas is in poor to very poor condition. Twenty-six percent of the crop is rated in fair condition, with 10 percent rated good and one percent rated excellent.

The agency says about 13 percent of the wheat crop has now matured.

Corn condition is rated as eight percent poor to very poor, 45 percent fair, 42 percent good and five percent excellent.

Pastures have improved, but 38 percent are still rated as poor or very poor.

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