|Hard red winter harvest is nearly complete in Colorado and Nebraska. |
By the end of the week, harvest will be approximately 85% to 90% complete in Colorado. Test weights have been averaging around 60 pounds per bushel (78.9 kg/hl) and proteins around 12%. Currently, USDA is estimating the Colorado wheat crop at 56 million bushels based on 2 million acres being harvested and an average statewide yield of 28 bushels per acre.
In Nebraska, harvest is approximately 80% complete. In the northwest, irrigated wheat harvest is expected to begin today or tomorrow and continue next week. The southwest is in full swing with irrigated wheat harvest and there are still a few traces of wheat to be harvested in the south central part of the state. Earlier this week, USDA reported that wheat conditions rated 4% very poor, 8% poor, 32% fair, 45% good and 11% excellent. Overall, reports of wheat quality appear good, yet there are some reports in the panhandle of unexpectedly poor yields and small heads. Statewide, protein levels are relatively high, being above average in many locations.