By Bill Spiegel
2012 wheat harvest is in full swing in Sumner County, which each year
produces more wheat than any other county in Kansas.
Guinn, manager at the Farmers Coop Grain Association in Wellington, says
yields early on are excellent, ranging from 55 to 65 bushels per acre. Test
weights vary from 58 to 63 pounds per bushel and will likely average the 60
pound per bushel benchmark. Protein is averaging 11 at the Wellington
location. On Wednesday, the cooperative's Rome location took in 45,000
bushels and its s Mayfield location took in 55,000 bushels.
Clearwater in Sumner County, Kansas Wheat Commissioner Scott Van Allen began
harvesting Thursday morning. His first field of the variety Everest had 14%
moisture and 62 pound test weight. Van Allen expected the field to yield
upper 40s, despite not having been sprayed with fungicide this spring.
Hardtner branch of the OK Coop in Barber County had taken in more than 33,000
bushels of wheat as of early Thursday afternoon. The crop is better than
expected with test weights between 61 and 63 pounds per bushel and an average
yield of 40 bushels per acre. Crop moisture ranges from 11 to 11.5, says the
co-op's Bev Barker.
Harper County, about ten truckloads of wheat have been received at the
Anthony Farmers Coop locations in both Anthony and Harper. Farmers are
searching for dry fields, according to Harper site manager Keri Nusz, who
expects harvest to be in full swing by the weekend.
Jones at the Farmers Co-op Co. in Coldwater says a few farmers have brought
in loads, with moisture ranging from 11.5-18% moisture, and test weights
between 55 and 61 pounds per bushel. Thanks to high wind and heat on
Thursday, Jones expected harvest to get into high gear over Memorial Weekend.
Farmers Coop Elevator Co. in Pretty Prairie, Jessie Cable says a few Reno
County farmers are finding dry fields. Three truckloads had been brought in
as of Thursday afternoon; the harvest so far features 61 pound test weight
and moisture ranging from 12.5 to 15. Several area farmers have tried test
cutting but find the grain to be too wet to harvest.
2012 Harvest Salute to Producers is brought to you by the Kansas Wheat
Commission, Kansas Association of Wheat Growers and sponsors Kansas City
Board of Trade, and the Kansas Grain & Feed Association.
This is Day 2 of the 2012 Kansas
Wheat Harvest Reports, brought to you by the Kansas City Board of Trade, the
Kansas Grain & Feed Association, the Kansas Wheat Commission and Kansas
Association of Wheat Growers.
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