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Kansas farmers express concern about wheat crop

Kansas farmers increased hard red winter wheat plantings by 5% last fall but don't yet know how many acres they will be able to harvest.
The country's top wheat-growing state is dry and battling cold temperatures. Forecasts call for a warmer, drier spring, which is not beneficial to plants, according to Kansas Wheat, a farmers' group.
"We're still concerned about the future of the 2011 Kansas wheat crop," CEO Justin Gilpin says. Hard red winter wheat, used to make bread, needs rain this spring before harvest in early summer.
KCBT March wheat trades up 13c at $8.65 a bushel.

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January 13, 2011 12:25 ET (17:25 GMT)

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