Kansas Farmers Planting 2009 Winter Wheat Crop

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ Kansas farmers are now planting their 2009
winter wheat crop.

Kansas Agricultural Statistics Service reports Monday that 12 percent of the wheat has been planted. Progress is slower than normal for this late in the season.

Meanwhile, farmers are also busy harvesting some of their spring-planted crops.

The agency says 11 percent of the state's corn crop has been harvested along with 3 percent of the sorghum.

The latest Kansas crop condition report shows:
_ Corn is rated as 8 percent excellent, 44 percent good, 35
percent fair, 10 percent poor and 3 percent very poor.
_ Sorghum is rated as 10 percent excellent, 47 percent good, 31
percent fair, 9 percent poor and 3 percent very poor.
_ Soybeans are rated as 17 percent excellent, 49 percent good,
29 percent fair, 4 percent poor and 1 percent very poor.

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