Kansas wheat planting begins, corn harvest continues

Farm Bill combine
(AP Photo/Ed Andrieski, File)

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) – Kansas farmers have started planting their winter wheat crop at the same time the state’s corn harvest has barely begun.

The National Agricultural Statistics Service reported Monday that 5 percent of the state’s winter wheat has now been planted. That’s about the same as last year in mid-September and close to the 6 percent average.

But the Kansas corn harvest is getting an unusually late start because planting was delayed by wet spring weather.

The report says only 8 percent of the corn has been harvested, compared with about 50 percent at the same time last year.

In a normal year, at least 24 percent of the corn would have been cut by this late in the season.

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