WICHITA, Kansas — A new government report shows winter wheat harvest in Kansas is nearing the halfway mark.
The National Agricultural Statistics Service reported Monday that about 48 percent of the wheat had been cut statewide as of Sunday. That is better than a year ago, when just 38 percent had been harvested by this time in Kansas. But cutting in the state is still well behind the 60 percent average.
The agency reports that about 84 percent of the wheat is now mature.
Southeast Kansas farmers have made the most harvest progress with 70 percent in the bin. Central Kansas trails with 68 percent. Growers in south-central Kansas have harvested 65 percent of their wheat. About 11 percent has been cut in northwest Kansas, and 7 percent in the state's northeast corner.