The Kansas Association of Wheat Growers says harvest has moved into northwest Kansas, where farmers in Trego County began rolling on Sunday, according to Lynette King, secretary at Frontier Ag, Inc. in Wakeeney. Moisture of the wheat harvested so far ranges from 10% to 16%. Farmers are finding the crop to be better than expected with test weights ranging from 60 to 65 pounds per bushel. It's too early for yield and protein data.
- Mike McClellan, Kansas Wheat Commissioner and wheat farmer in Rooks County, began test cutting last week and got rolling Monday. So far, yields have been variable, ranging anywhere from 15 to 45 bushels per acre. McClellan says crop quality is good, with weights averaging 62 pounds per bushel and moisture, 13%.
- Harvest is about 25% complete for Ken Wood, a Chapman area farmer and director of the Kansas Association of Wheat Growers. He began cutting prior to last week's rainfall, and resumed again on Monday. Wood says test weight declined from 62 pounds to 60 pounds following the rain; yields range from 40 to 50 bushels per acre in what is expected to be an average harvest.
- In the Team Marketing Association trade territory that includes 50 locations in nine counties in central Kansas, harvest is about 50% complete and farmers are having an above-average harvest overall, according to TMA's Ted Schultz. Yields average a bit better than 50 bushels per acre, test weights are above 60 pounds per bushel and protein is 11.5.
- Clay County farmers have just started harvesting in earnest, according to Jim Spector, manager at Farmway Coop in Clay Center. Yields range from 40 to 60 bushels per acre for the most part; test weights average 60 to 61 pounds per bushel and protein ranges from 10 to 11. Spector says farmers expect an above average harvest, and the elevator will take in more bushels than usual due to an increase in wheat acres planted last fall.
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.