HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) _ A late harvest is keeping some Kansas
wheat farmers busy in the fields this holiday weekend.
Depending on the weather, the winter wheat harvest is sometimes
complete in parts of Kansas by the Fourth of July.
But late planting last fall, and cool, wet weather in early
summer this year kept the wheat from maturing as fast as it
Ninety-year-old Victor Stade grows wheat on 80 acres in Reno
County. Stade says he usually gets to take a break to celebrate
Independence Day. But good yields and high prices for wheat
prompted him to keep cutting on the Fourth this year.
At the Mid Kansas Co-op in Haven, local manager Tim Lesslie kept
the elevator working yesterday and today. It will close tomorrow.