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Wheat Breaks Dormancy as Winterkill Fears Grow in Kansas

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Scant rain across most of Kansas has led to declining soil moisture levels as the condition of the winter wheat crop continues to decline.

In its weekly update, the National Agricultural Statistics Service reported Monday that less than half of Kansas is reporting adequate soil moisture supplies.

The agency rated the condition of the emerging winter wheat as 21 percent poor to very poor. About 46 percent is in fair shape with 31 percent rated good and 2 percent excellent condition. Below-normal temperatures have slowed wheat development.

Justin Gilpin, CEO of the Kansas Association of Wheat Growers, says growers throughout the central corridor have reported freeze damage stemming from January's subzero temperatures and inadequate protective snow cover.

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