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The Kansan - Newton, KS
  • Fall fieldwork getting underway

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  • By Chad Frey
    Newton Kansan
    The fall harvest, and the fall planting season, is making crop farmers pretty busy in Harvey County.
    "Both of that is going hot and heavy right now," said Ryan Flaming, Kansas State Research and Extension Agent for Harvey County. "North of Harvey County, those fields are getting harvested right now. It is getting very busy right now."
    And while both the fall planting of wheat and the harvest of corn are behind the 2012 marks for this point of the year, Harvey County is far from alone on those counts.
    The National Agricultural Statistics Service reported Monday that winter wheat planting in Kansas is 13 percent complete, about even with the 15 percent average for this time of year.
    The agency also reported that 16 percent of the Kansas corn crop has now been harvested. That is well behind the 62 percent that had been cut by the same time last year.
    Statewide corn condition is rated as 29 percent poor to very poor, 32 percent reported fair, 31 percent good and 8 percent excellent.
    Similar results are expected for Harvey County.
    "Fields look like they will be good, and it should be decent this year — what did not drown out this summer," Flaming said. "The condition is good right now … It is really ripening right now."
    Flaming said the winter wheat crop planting is just getting started — and right on time.
    "We are not that far along yet, but this is prime time to get started," Flaming said. "The first of October is the time to start wheat."
    — The Associated Press contributed to this report
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