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The return of mostly dry, hot weather this weekend has jump started the stalled winter wheat harvest.

The National Agricultural Statistics Service reported Monday that 8 percent had been harvested as of Sunday. Normally by this late in the season, about 33 percent of the wheat is in the bin. Last year at this time 21 percent had already been cut.

About 51 percent of the wheat in Kansas is now mature.

Wheat harvest is now in full swing across most of Kansas, with the possible exception of northwest Kansas and the northern tier counties.

A new monthly survey of bankers suggests the economy is slowing down in rural areas of Kansas, Missouri and eight other states.

Creighton University economist Ernie Goss says falling crop prices have farmers spending less, and crop prices are expected to continue declining this fall.

The overall economic index for the region fell into negative territory to 48.3 in August from July's 51.8.

The survey indexes range from 0 to 100. Any score below 50 suggests decline in the months ahead.

Goss said bankers are not very optimistic about the next few months.

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Heavy rainfall has finally come to many parts of Kansas. For some crops, it’s provided a needed boost, but for others, it’s too much and too late.

An average of 7.2 inches of rain fell over Kansas in June - 78 percent higher than normal for the month. According to Mary Knapp, a climatologist at Kansas State University, that could help save some harvests.

“Basically we've gotten a reprieve, particularly for spring planted crops. That would be corn, beans and sorghum, in particular,” she says.

A new government forecast says Kansas farmers are on track to harvest 38 percent more corn than a year ago.

The National Agricultural Statistics Service reports the state's corn crop should in at about 525 million bushels.

Farmers are cutting 4.2 million acres of corn this season, which is up 6 percent from last year. Yields are also far better at 125 bushels per acre. That's 29 bushels an acre more than a year ago.

Kansas Meat Packer Recalls 50,000 Pounds Of Beef

Aug 1, 2013

National Beef Packing Company in Liberal is recalling more than 50,000 pounds of ground beef products over E. coli concerns.

The U.S. Agriculture Department says the recalled products carry the number "EST. 208A" inside the USDA mark. They were produced July 18 and shipped in 40- to 60-pound cases across the country.

The recall includes 10-lb. packages of "National Beef" 93/7 with product code 0707.

Also recalled:

Rain Brings Needed Relief To Kansas Crops

Jul 30, 2013

A new government report shows recent rain and cooler temperatures are relieving the stress on Kansas farm crops.

The National Agricultural Statistics Service reports that producers in many areas of central Kansas saw beneficial amounts of rain in the past week.

Central Kansas had the biggest improvement in topsoil moisture, although eastern and western sections also showed some improvement. Topsoil moisture is still in short supply across 56 percent of Kansas.

Despite Recent Rains, Kansas Crops and Pastures Suffer

Jul 23, 2013

Spotty rain showers across much of the state this week were too little to improve drought conditions in western Kansas.

The National Agricultural Statistics Service reported Monday that dryland farm crops and pastures are still suffering from lack of rain. The agency said it has received reports of failed corn and sorghum crops in areas missed by the rain, as well as fields damaged by hail or wind.

Brownback Praises Chinese Agriculture Partnership

Jul 22, 2013

Gov. Sam Brownback is celebrating an agreement between Kansas and central China's Henan province as a significant development in their trade relationship.

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GVL Polymers Inc., will soon open a plant in Kansas, just north of Newton. 

The company plans to build a 50,000-square-foot facility in Hesston and says it will employ more than 20 full-time workers within its first year. GVL's main plant and headquarters are in Litchfield, Minn., where it employees 40 people. The Hesston location will be the company's second plant.

Participants in the Kansas wheat quality tour have forecast the state will harvest 313 million bushels despite drought and freezes.

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