The Kansas Association of Wheat Growers reports the following harvest activity:
- The Scott County wheat harvest is about 50% complete, according to Rich Randall, chairman of the Kansas Wheat Commission. The Scott City area farmer has experienced yields from 9 to 60 bushels per acre, but the wheat in northern Scott County averages about 45 bushels per acre. Test weight is 60 to 63 pounds per bushel. Jagalene is his best variety.
Roger Schuster, grain merchandiser at Frontier Ag's Oakley location, says harvest is wrapping up in the cooperative's eastern trade area, and just getting rolling in the west. Test weights and protein in the company's Graham and Trego county locations average 61 pounds and about 11.5, respectively; yields average between 40 and 45 bushels per acre.
Cornerstone Ag in Colby has taken in about 300,000 bushels thus far, says manager Eric Sperber. Yields range from 10 to 70 bushels per acre, averaging about 45, depending upon a farmer's crop rotation. Test weight averages 60 pounds and protein about 11.5, says Sperber, who also is a director on the KAWG board. Generally, farmers have been pleasantly surprised at the yields.
With about 40% of the area's wheat cut, harvest is in full swing in Wichita County, says Doug Johnson, manager of the Scott Cooperative in Marienthal. The crop has been better than farmers expected given that little precipitation has fallen in the last two months. Farmers report yields ranging from 9 to 45 bushels per acre, averaging about 22; test weight averages 61 pounds. Irrigated wheat should be even better, but will not be harvested for several days.
- After two weeks of cutting, KAWG director Randy Fritzemeier finished June 9. Fritzemeier averaged 45.5 bushels per acre, with a range of 22 to 63. Test weight averaged 62 pounds. The variety Stout was his best performer, with Everest a close second.
The 2012 Harvest Salute to Producers is sponsored by the Kansas Wheat Commission, Kansas Association of Wheat Growers and sponsors Kansas City Board of Trade, and the Kansas Grain & Feed Association.