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This illustrates the high-risk nature of the summer wheat harvest on the Great Plains. In Kansas, wheat is planted in September or October and is harvested in June, which is also the peak of thunderstorm season. A rainstorm (or hailstorm) can beat the heavily loaded wheat stalks down to the ground. At best, the rain makes the fields too wet for the heavy combines and the harvest is delayed while weeds grow and the quality of the wheat declines. On highway K-140 east of Ellsworth, Ellsworth County, Kansas. June 12, 2004.