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Rain's role in 2019 area wheat harvest – a doubled-edged sword

Area elevator operators remain optimistic for a good crop despite beyond soggy conditions


It's June 4 and not a blade of wheat in the Newsgram reading area has been cut. Those blades were not even remotely close to being amber waves of grain until the last few days. For about the last week the green wheat finally started turning yellowish as the grain struggles to ripen. Instead of the usual heat and wind at the Oklahoma/Kansas border, the crop has withstood days and weeks of spring-like temperatures often in the 70s and record-setting rains in late May. Creeks and rivers are running well beyond their banks – ditches have been full – flooding is everywhere – yellow "Water...

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