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Wheat tour mirrors state forecast

Jim Shroyer, K-State Extension crop specialist, talks to an audience during the Stafford County Wheat Tour.

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ST. JOHN — Drought conditions in central Kansas that have lowered the wheat harvest forecast have had a similar effect on the crop’s biggest issues — disease and pests.
An update at the Stafford County Wheat Tour shows south central Kansas has sustained a tough spring because of persistent drought conditions.
“Drought is the dominant factor,” said Erick DeWolf, KSU Extension plant pathologist. “There is widespread drought conditions in south central Kansas. The last week has aggravated the drought situation. The wheat doesn’t handle heat very well on its own even in the presence of moisture. When the temperature is ...

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