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Wheat planting continues; Fall harvest underway

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The recentlty planted wheat is emerging in a field Tuesday north of Tribune.

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The recentlty planted wheat is emerging in a field Tuesday north of Tribune.

The planting of the winter wheat crop continued in Greeley County this past week. The wheat has begun to emerge in many fields. The warm weather and good moisture profile have been ideal for the planting and emergence of the wheat crop. Fall harvest is also underway. The cutting of wet corn is near an end and cutting of dry corn is beginning. Dirk Schneider at CHS United Plains Ag remarked on Tuesday morning, “We have been taking corn since the beginning of the week. Most of the milo is still too wet, but we have taken some. It’s ready to bust open any day. The warm temperatures and no rain in the forecast will help.” The Tribune weather station reported only 0.05 inches of precipitation for the week. The National Weather Service precipitation maps showed most of the county receiving from .01 to .10 inches of rain for the past 7 days. The far north and the southwest showed from .10 to .25 and the far southwest had some areas around .50 inches. For the first 27 days of September the station has received 2.11 inches of rain compared to the normal of 1.18 inches for the total month. For the year-to-date the station has received 19.21 inches of precipitation, which is 3.97 inches above the normal of 15.24 inches. The wheat needs around 7 days to emerge after planting so farmers welcome the drier weather. The high temperature for the week of 97º on Sept. 20 dropped to a high of 73º on Sunday after a cold front moved through. The low for the week dropped to 35º on Monday morning. The wind increased in Greeley County as the front moved through on Friday with a reported high of 39.5 miles per hour. The average soil temperatures for the past week were 68º on Sept. 21, 69º on Sept. 22, 71º on Sept. 23, 70º on Sept. 24, 68º on Sept. 25, 66º on Sept. 26, and 65º on Sept. 27 According to the National Agriculture Statistics Service, as of September 26 in the West Central District of Kansas, 33% of the winter wheat is planted, 56% of the corn is mature, and 20% is harvested; 74% of the soybeans are dropping leaves, and 98% of the sorghum is coloring, 58% is mature, and 6% is harvested.
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