WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - A new report says January's warm, dry and
windy weather in Kansas is sapping soil moisture and hurting the
state's winter wheat crop.
But in its report Monday, Kansas Agricultural Statistics Service
also says the unusually mild weather is helping livestock producers
as calving begins and helping stretch the hay and forage supplies.
The condition of the winter wheat crop declined this month, with
12 percent in poor to very poor condition as of Sunday. About 39
percent of the wheat was listed in fair condition, while 42 percent
was rated as good and 7 percent excellent.