|With Texas and Oklahoma harvest all but complete, the focus of the harvest turns to the north.|
Kansas reports, with a few days of dry weather and sunshine this week, wheat harvest is progressing nicely throughout the state. Harvest is just beginning in the northern portion of the state with preliminary quality reports of test weights ranging from 59-64 lb/bu (77.6-84.1 kg/hl), and protein values ranging from 11.8-14.0%. It is too soon to estimate yields, but generally, farmers seem pleased. In the northwest corner of the state, harvest began Monday and so far, test weight reports are averaging around 62 lb/bu (81.5 kg/hl). Reports from the southern areas of the state say harvest is about 75% complete with test weights as high as 65 lb/bu (85.4 kg/hl), and averaging about 61 lb/bu (80.2 kg/hl). Reported protein levels range from 12% to 15%.
Colorado winter wheat harvest was approximately 12% complete by Tuesday, July 1. The wheat harvest is focused in the southeast corner of the state. Test weight is averaging 60 lb/bu (78.9 kg/hl) or better, protein is averaging approximately 12.2% and yields are ranging from 10-40 bushels per acre with an average of approximately 17-18 bushels per acre. Wheat harvest should expand into east central Colorado over the Fourth of July weekend. The Colorado winter crop is estimated at 60 million bushels, based on two million acres being harvested with an average statewide yield of 30 bushels per acre. This estimate compares with 94 million bushels produced last year and the ten-year average of 68.3 million bushels.
In Nebraska, there are isolated reports of test cutting, but no significant harvest activity this week. Look for harvest to be in full swing with favorable weather this weekend.