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Wheat harvest is under way

By Steve Herring
Published in News on June 11, 2012 1:46 PM

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William Earl Cruse watches as a leftover field of wheat stalks goes up in flames on the Billy Lee farm near Goldsboro. Area farmers have been using the recent stretch of dry weather to catch up on harvesting their wheat crop. Many burn away the residue to make room for a second crop, usually soybeans. Wayne County farmers planted more than 30,000 acres of wheat this year and most expect a good yield.

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The remnants of this season's wheat crop burn as land is prepared for next use.

The billowing black plumes of smoke across the Wayne County landscape as fields are burned off tell the tale -- the wheat harvest is under way in Wayne County. "I think we have come through all of this rain well...

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