HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) - Recent rain in Kansas has been good for
the state's wheat crop, but agriculture officials say they're still
concerned that a late freeze could hurt the harvest.
The lack of rain in Kansas last year was rough on the state's
wheat crop. But this year, thanks to spring rains the crop has
State Climatologist Mary Knapp told The Hutchinson News
(http://bit.ly/HzYJK8 ) that since September, some southwestern
Kansas farmers have recorded nearly 9 inches of rain on their
thirsty fields - well above the nearly 7-inch average for the
John Holman, an agronomist with Kansas State Extension based in
Garden City, said the crop is so ahead of schedule it's vulnerable
to a Spring freeze.
He said the recent damp, wet days also make the wheat ripe for