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Welcome Rain Creates Wheat Harvest Delay

Welcome Rain Creates Wheat Harvest Delay
Combines pause in many areas of state as welcome rain, cool weather delay wheat harvest

As a general rule, nobody is happy with a wheat harvest rain delay.

The record-early harvest of 2012 is an exception. When widespread thunderstorms moved across the state on Wednesday and Thursday and high temperatures dropped from the mid-90s to the low 70s, farmers missed by the accompanying hail just breathed a sigh of relief and took a deep breath of fresh air.

And those hit by hail ranging from nickel to tennis ball size checked the damage, called the insurance adjuster and drove around their newly watered corn fields to bring up a smile.

By noon on Saturday, temperatures were back in the 80s and forecast to rise, a sure indication that wheat harvest will soon be back in full swing.

Those not so happy with the storm delay are farmers in bone-dry west-central Kansas who barely got enough water to wet the ground, but enough cloud cover and cool temperatures to halt their disappointing harvest anyway.

In Barton County, Roger Brining got a good start on the harvest of fields that he once thought would make 80 bushels to the acre, The yield monitors on the combines told him what he has feared for the last six weeks; this year's dryland harvest will average around 20 bushels to the acre.

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