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It's not okay to sell seed wheat to a neighbor.

As wheat harvest presses onward in Kansas, Mother Nature continues to show that she is in charge. Up to a foot of rain has plagued farmers in south central and southeast Kansas, rendering harvest impossible. Many farmers are abandoning their wheat altogether; meanwhile, soybean planting – often done into wheat stubble after harvest – has slogged to a stop. Finally, we've heard of corn fields covered completely by water, all but ruining what was once a promising crop…

  • Throughout the state, harvest is about 60% completed. Yields are widely variable, from abandonment to 70+ bushels per acre. Test weights also range from below 45 pounds to 63 pounds per bushel, according to harvest reports from the Kansas Association of Wheat Growers, newspaper accounts and conversations with growers…
  • Reports from farmers indicate that elevators are docking loads severely for light test weight and insect damaged kernels. 10%, 15%, 25% - that's pretty harsh…
  • There is more lightweight test wheat than not, however. That has many farmers concerned about where they may obtain seed wheat for this fall's planting…
  • While it is tempting to ask a neighbor if he has any high weight wheat available for purchase, for the intention of planting this fall, you should know that is a violation of the Plant Variety Protection Act, punishable by law. It is considered a felony…
  • The PVPA "protects" certified seed producers, whose production practices must meet stringent standards to qualify to sell certified seed. Their efforts help to ensure a quality product for farmers – and "brown bagging" seed compromises the quality assurance that certified seed guarantees…
  • Kansas farmers have planted 3.7 million acres of corn in 2007, hoping to cash in on unusually high prices for the crop. That's up 10% from last year. Wheat still dominates Kansas plantings. At 10.3 million acres planted last fall, wheat acres total more than corn, soybeans (2.4 million acres, down 23%) grain sorghum (2.8 million acres, up 2%), sunflowers (150,000 acres, unchanged) and cotton (55,000 acres, down 50,000 acres) combined. This from the Kansas Agriculture Statistics crop report from Friday…
  • According to the Hutchinson News, a national antique tractor show is on its way to the Kansas State Fairgrounds…
  • The 50th annual National Edge T and A tractor and engine show should draw more than 250 exhibitors to the July 14-15 event. Featured machines are specialty and low production models, with an emphasis on stationary engines…
  • Show hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Cost is $5 to attend…
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