Kansas Wheat Harvest Mixed Amid Disease, Storm Damage

WICHITA, Kan. – This year’s winter wheat harvest has been a mixed bag for Kansas, as farmers race to bring in the crop amid damaging spring storms that have pounded some fields with hail.

Fields around Norton and Goodland in northwest Kansas were hit by hail this week, while a “big hail event” hit last week around Garden City and Deerfield in southwest Kansas, said Justin Gilpin, chief executive for industry group Kansas Wheat.

“Farmers are getting a little bit anxious because there are some fields ready to go they haven’t been able to get into because of recent storms,” Gilpin said.

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