The Kansas winter wheat harvest is expected to get into full swing by this weekend or early next week amid a forecast calling for mostly warm, dry weather across the state.
So far, though, it has been a messy start in the scattered places where combines have ventured into muddy fields.
At OK Co-op Grain Co. in Kiowa, assistant elevator manager Brett Courson says there are stuck combines across the country there, and some custom cutters have put tracks on their combines to get into fields. Farmers there have gotten a pretty good start, but 3 inches of rain this past week has knocked down test weights.
The industry group Kansas Wheat says it anticipates a big part of the state to be harvesting all at once next week.