By Bill Spiegel
This is Day 3 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.
Americans enjoyed a work-free Memorial Day Weekend, Kansas wheat farmers and
custom harvest crews spent a warm and windy holiday weekend in the harvest
fields. Temperatures soared into triple digits in areas of southern Kansas, and
hot south winds sped up the ripening of the 2012 wheat crop.
In Minneapolis, Pat
Breeding, grain merchandiser at the Scoular Company elevator there says light
cutting is occurring, with farmers having brought in about 30,000 bushels of
wheat on Monday. Test weight of this early-harvested crop averages about 59
pounds; protein is 10.5. Breeding anticipates the area wheat harvest will gear
up mid-week. This is the earliest wheat harvest in Breeding's 41 year career.
Near Kipp in Saline
County, KAWG Director Justin Knopf has completed his first field of the 2012
harvest. The variety Everest yielded about 42 bushels per acre, with test weight
averaging about 62 pounds per bushel. Knopf says wheat fields planted after
soybean harvest last fall are maturing more rapidly than those planted earlier
last fall; these fields are yielding surprisingly well given extreme heat and
lack of moisture the last six weeks. Knopf expects better yields as harvest
The Andale Farmers
Coop locations in Andale and Colwich have taken in 18,000 and 16,000 bushels,
respectively, so far. Farmers are still trying to find dry fields, according to
grain manager Steve Morris. The crop is variable, with test weights ranging from
57 to 64 and averaging 61 pounds; and protein ranging from 9 to 14.6 and
averaging about 10.5. Yields range from 30 to 60 bushels per acre, according to
Morris, who says harvest should pick up steam on Tuesday.
Monday was the
first big day of harvest for Jim Michael, KAWG director from McCune in Crawford
County. Farmers there expect a good harvest, and Michael says his field of the
variety Everest yielded a bit better than 70 bushels per acre, with 63 pound
test weights and moisture averaging 12.5. Southeast Kansas farmers planted
430,000 acres of wheat last fall; the highest total in nearly five years.
Farmers in the
Protection area of Comanche County are eight days into the 2012 wheat harvest,
says Brian Harris, manager of the Farmers Coop Company there. Test weights there
average about 60 pounds per bushel and early protein samples averaged about 14.
Area custom harvesters report yields between 30 and 45 bushels per acre. The
harvest is about one-third complete.
The 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.