Wheat Harvest Winding Down

Fourth of July weekend rain slows progress, but heat returns this week

Rain during wheat harvest is never exactly welcome, but last weekend's showers across northern Kansas had a side benefit: they provided a Fourth of July holiday from wheat harvest for most of the producers who still have wheat to cut.

Across much of the state, harvest is winding down and the numbers are looking surprisingly good in most areas.

Northwest Kansas, always the last to start harvest because the higher elevations make the crop mature later, is just getting a good start and yields there are expected to be above average.

Railroads report an abundance of cars, thanks in part to reduced demand for freight hauling elsewhere. At the same time, the state's major shortlines, the Kyle in the north and the K&O in the south, report good business from the wheat harvest.

Keep in mind, that Kansas Farmer is still looking for people to share memories of harvests of the past. Send an email to [email protected] or leave a comment on the blog and I'll pick it up from there.

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