The Kansas Association of Wheat Growers says the western Kansas wheat crop has been disappointing so far.
- Ron Suppes, Kansas Wheat Commissioner from Dighton, says two days into the 2012 harvest, yields are poor due to dry conditions that have overwhelmed the region. So far, yields range from 10 to 12 bushels per acre, although test weights have been good, weighing in at 61 pounds per bushel. Suppes is optimistic that the better wheat is yet to come and hopes it will yield anywhere from 30-40 bushels per acre.
- Gary Millershaski, KAWG vice president from Lakin, says early on the harvest is dismal in Kearny County. He has spent the first few days harvesting wheat that died prematurely, and expects yields to range from 15 to 25 bushels per acre and test weights around 58 pounds per bushel. Millershaski says the area's better wheat is still green, and could yield close to 40 bushels per acre. Of the varieties he planted, T151 appears to have the best yield potential, although Millershaski says crop rotation practices may influence yields more than variety selection this year.
- Harvest is gearing up in Stanton County, says Matt Overturf, with Skyland Grain in Johnson. Three days into the 2012 crop, test weight averages 61 pounds per bushel and protein is 12. Yields range from 10 to 35 bushels per acre, with hit-or-miss rains this spring the difference between good yields and poor yields. Overturf expects 25% of this year's harvest will be Hard White wheat, for which quality and yield is very similar to the Hard Red crop.
- Ken Swinney, manager at the Fredonia Coop Association, says area farmers are about 70% finished. Test weight was 60 to 65 pounds when harvest began, but rain has dropped test weight to about 59 pounds, with protein holding steady at 11.5. Farmers report yields ranging from 40 to 80 bushels per acre, says Swinney, who adds that this year's crop will total about 750,000 bushels - nearly 300,000 bushels more than most years.
- At Midway Coop's Osborne location, general manager Dell Princ says harvest is shaping up to be a bit better than farmers thought it would be. Yields range from 20 to 70 bushels per acre, with an average of about 40 bushels. Test weight is 61 pounds and protein ranges from 9 to 14, averaging 11.5. Princ says harvest is about 30% complete in Osborne County.
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.