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With all the moisture in June and July, the maturity of this year’s wheat crop is running far behind normal. (Johnson Publications photo)

Area farmers still awaiting this year’s wheat harvest

    Normally by this time in July, wheat harvest would just about be wrapped up.
    But this year hasn’t exactly been normal and wheat harvest still hasn’t started, let alone be complete.
    A near-record wet June provided lots of moisture for this year’s wheat crop but with it came plenty of cool days. As a result, this year’s wheat crop is running several weeks behind normal.
    A spokesman at Frenchman Valley Coop in Imperial said Wednesday the only wheat they’ve taken in thus far is at their Benkelman facility.
    Typically, wheat harvest in the Benkelman-Culbertson-McCook area runs about a week earlier than in Chase County.
    The spokesman said farmers in that area are finding the wheat is dry, but moisture and humidity are making the straw too tough to cut.

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