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The welcome sun melts into the horizon Thursday evening as wheat moves slowly toward maturity. A cooler, cloudier growing season has left harvest behind schedule and fields of ripening wheat yearning for hot, sunny days.

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Wheat harvest runs behind normal

Cold, wet weather has pushed harvest back about two weeks.

WALLA WALLA - Cold weather makes some things hard to start and the 2011 wheat harvest is no exception.Cool temperatures, along with wet spring weather, has pushed back harvest locally and regionally, but the extra rain may boost yields in some areas.In Wa

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