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Wheat Varieties for Kansas and the Great Plains
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Conditions: While the month of May was cooler than normal across the region, Kansas state weather experts Mary Knapp and Chip Redmond say the summer temperature outlook favors a switch to warmer-than-normal conditions across all but the eastern edge of the state (see below, from the Climate Prediction Center). "April was cooler than normal as well, which meant there were issues with planting and emergence of summer crops. Several freeze events, including events in early May, further stressed the winter wheat crop and resulted in emergence issues with earlyplanted corn. "Despite some periods of very dry weather over the last few months, most areas reported normal year-to-date except the South Central. Unfortunately, amounts were excessive in parts of the state, creating flooding issues in isolated areas.