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Widespread Rain Shuts Down Wheat Harvest

Just when it looked like harvest would really get rolling, storms across much of the state put it all on hold

It looked like harvest would be in full swing by the end of the week across much of southwest Kansas.

Then came the rains.

Barber, Harper and Comanche Counties when harvest traditionally begins, got more than an inch of rain on Monday and have cloudy skies and high humidity today.

Now, it looks more like next week before things get going again, elevator managers say.

OK Coop in Kiowa had taken in about 100,000 bushels of wheat by Sunday night, but area farmers were starting to run out of ripe grain, a spokesman there said.

The moisture was welcome for the fall row crops that have been planted but further frustrated farmers still trying to finish planting before harvest.

In southern Sumner County, Karen Sturm said Caldwell expects to see the arrival of the first custom cutting crews by the end of the week and harvest will probably begin by mid-week next week if the weather clears.

"This is the point where it is really frustrating," she said. "It looks like a pretty good crop and you just want to get out there and get it in the bin before something happens."

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