Harvest Nears Finish Line, Everybody Is Pleased

Harvest Nears Finish Line, Everybody Is Pleased

Most areas of state met benchmarks for test weight, protein despite challenges from weather, disease.

The Kansas wheat harvest is just about over.

And farmers, millers, bakers and elevator operators are all pleased with the quality and yields from Kansas wheat fields this season.

Kansas Agricultural Statistics monthly report for July puts the crop at 369 million bushels – roughly the same as last year on 600,000 fewer acres.

Extremely good yields in parts of western and northwestern Kansas, up to 85 bushels per acre, get the credit for the great reports. The worst yields, as low as 15 bushels per acre,  were in parts of south central Kansas hit by a wet fall that delayed planting and spring hail and rain storms.

Kansas State University's Grain Science and Industry tracking shows that two most critical benchmarks, test weights of 60 pounds per bushel and protein of 12% or above, were met in much of the state.

Justin Gilpin, chief executive officer of Kansas Wheat, attributes the successful harvest to the good management skills of Kansas producers.

More details on the 2010 Kansas wheat harvest will be in your August print edition of Kansas Farmer.

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