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Sep 12, 2012 12:25 PM by Lauren Molenburg

Winter wheat farmers in NE Colorado awaiting moisture

GREELEY, Colorado (AP) - Winter wheat farmers in northeastern Colorado have typically started planting their crops by now, but this year, many have waited for more moisture.

A report released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture last week said only 3 percent of Colorado's fields had "adequate" subsoil moisture content. A year ago, nearly half of the fields in Colorado had adequate subsoil moisture, and October storms helped get the crop off to a good start before drought conditions this summer.

It also has been too hot lately. Colorado State University Extension crop specialist Bruce Bosley says wheat seeds need soil temperatures at about 70 degrees to germinate.

The Greeley Tribune reports farmers must plant their wheat by mid-October to meet crop insurance requirements.

Information from: Greeley Daily Tribune
(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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