Kansas wheat harvest picks up as fields dry

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ The winter wheat harvest is picking up over a big chunk of
Kansas.

The industry group Kansas Wheat reports farmers were cutting Wednesday all
across southern Kansas and a across a central swath extending almost to the
Nebraska border.

Group spokesman Marsha Boswell says growers in northeast and northwest Kansas
have not yet begun harvesting, but farmers elsewhere are trying to get into the
fields if they're dry enough.

She says the group has had reports of cutting extending as far north as Cloud
and Mitchell counties in north-central Kansas.

The group reports that some farmers are struggling with height of the wheat
because the shorter crop makes it more difficult for combines to keep headers
out of the mud.

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