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Overall Kan. wheat crop struggles ahead of harvest

Published: Jun. 7, 2018 at 4:39 PM CDT
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The 2018 Kansas wheat crop is struggling as the time to cut draws near and experts say many farmers won't have much to harvest this year.

The poor outlook comes just two years after

But despite the drought and overall unfavorable conditions for this year's winter wheat crop, one Western Kansas farmer says he expected the situation to be worse.

"...This stuff is growing on hardly any moisture. I don't know how it's ever gotten this far," Dodge City-area farmer Marvin Hertel said, looking over his crop Thursday.

Sixteen percetn of the Kansas winter wheat crop is considered in "very poor" condition. Hertel says he doesn't know how much of a yield he'll see, but at least he'll at least have a crop worth harvesting.

Hertel's main concern is the heat and strong winds that could lead to lower yields.

"If I can pay my bills this year, I'm going to be happy," he says. "That's what I'm looking for."

Hertel says he expects to start harvesting his crop in the next two weeks.

"We're just looking for a decent yield," he says.