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Kansas Drought Threatens Wheat

​Farmers need cooler temps, moisture; forecast is for hot

Young wheat

The story of this year’s wheat crop in Kansas is the drought, which has affected the area since October, says the Salina Journal.

“We have been so dry,” said Romulo Lollato, agronomist with the Kansas State University Extension Service, based in Manhattan. “That long drought and the drought stress is our number one concern with this year’s crop.”

Kansas wheat has experienced a lot of extremes this year, Lollato said. It’s been too wet and too dry; too cold and too hot; the wrong temperature at the wrong time.

Farmers need some cooler temperatures and moisture, and the forecast is for hot.

“Above-average temperatures are not going to help us,” Lollato said.

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