May rain and flooding delaying Kansas harvest

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June 21, 2019 - 4:19 PM

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — This spring’s heavy rain and flooding has sharply delayed Kansas’ wheat harvest, which is usually in full swing by mid-June.

The wheat harvest generally starts between early and mid-June and wraps up by mid-July. But the Kansas Wheat Commission says only 1% of the state’s wheat crop had been harvested as of Sunday. Typically, about 12% of the crop is harvested by that point, and last year 20% had been harvested by mid-June, The Wichita Eagle reported .

The state received 10.26 inches of rain in May, which was more than double the 30-year average of 4.12 inches. It was the wettest May ever recorded in Kansas.

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