WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -- Kansas Agricultural Statistics Service says farmers are concerned about disease levels in this season's winter wheat crop.
The agency said Monday in its weekly update the problem is getting worse, with 20 percent of the crop suffering light disease infestation. About 5 percent of the crop shows moderate infestation. Farmers are reporting powdery mildew, stripe and leaf rust.
Still, the wheat condition report remains mostly upbeat, with 11 percent of the crop rated as excellent and 52 percent rated as good. About 28 percent got a fair rating, with 9 percent in poor to very poor condition.
The crop continues to mature, with 64 percent of the wheat now headed.
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