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WICHITA, KS (AP)

Unseasonably warm temperatures have prompted winter wheat to break dormancy early in Kansas.

The National Agricultural Statistics Service reported Feb. 29 that rain is needed to support growth and development of the crop.

The agency rated winter wheat condition as 6 percent poor to very poor. About 35 percent is in fair shape, with 51 percent rated as good and 8 percent as excellent.

Mild weather conditions have been good for calving season, which is about 24 percent complete in Kansas.

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