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A winter storm dumped up to a foot of snow on parts of Kansas and lesser amounts across the central and eastern Midwest in the past day, aiding winter wheat crops but slowing the transport of grains and livestock, meteorologists said Wednesday.
* The heaviest snowfall hit central and northeastern Kansas, a state that has endured months of dry conditions.
* In Iowa, a major hog producer, snow falls ranged from 5 to 6 inches in southern part of the state, 2 to 4 inches through central Iowa, and little to none in northern Iowa.
* In Central Illinois, 6 to 9 inches of snow had fallen by Wednesday morning, with 2 to 3 inches near the Illinois-Wisconsin border.
* The snow should help recharge soil moisture and insulate dormant wheat from frigid temperatures expected through Friday and again this weekend.