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Arkansas City, Kiowa County starts wheat harvest
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The 2016 Harvest Report is brought to you by Kansas Wheat Commission, Kansas Association of Wheat Growers and Kansas Grain and Feed Association.
Wheat harvest trickled into the southern border of Kansas earlier this week while making its way through an extended season in Texas and Oklahoma.
Rains are delaying harvest in Texas, but combines are beginning to start rolling in the Lone Star State this week. Oklahoma is reporting good yields and outstanding test weights, a trend that farmers are hoping will continue in Kansas.
In comparison to last year, the 2016 harvest season came much earlier in June for Kansas farmers. Last year’s late season rains boosted yields, but kept combines in sheds across the state until later in June.
In 2016, gentle rains have made for good grain fill and kept combines out of the fields until this weekend’s dry weather. Although 2016 yields will likely be higher statewide, a decline in planted acreage will likely limit the final bushel count. The latest USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service harvest estimate is 352.6 million bushels statewide, an increase from 321.9 million bushels in 2015.
Harvest got its start in 2016 in the Arkansas City area.
Kevin Kelly, general manager at the Two Rivers Co-op, reported that farmers started cutting in his area Saturday. So far their branch has taken in “a couple hundred thousand” bushels. Farmers have reported 40-50 bushel yields which is “much better than last year’s harvest.”
Test weights are currently averaging 62 to 63 pounds per bushel.
Steve Inslee, general manager at OK Co-op Grain Co. in Kiowa started seeing wheat hauled in Monday.
The branch had seen around 48,000 bushels arrive Monday, but expected to see a huge spike Tuesday. So far yields have averaged from 44 to 50 bushels per acre. Test weights have held steady at 63 to 64 pounds per bushel.
Information on protein content so far is fairly limited, but Inslee has so far seen an average of around 12 percent, a number that may decrease as harvest progresses.
Inslee reported that harvest could last around 10-12 days in the area, depending on weather and custom cutter availability.
“This year’s crop is looking way better than the last three years,” said Inslee. “It was a rough couple of years for our guys down here, but we’re happy to see these yields up.”