|An additional 20 hard red winter samples were received this week. The central plains states have all experienced moderate to severe storms this week making sample pickup sporadic and unpredictable.|
Harvest is at least 50% complete in Oklahoma. The southern counties of Kansas are just beginning harvest with areas around Kiowa and Pretty Prairie reporting thin stands with some yields in the 10 to 20 bu/acre range. Improvement is expected as harvest moves north. Proteins are still reported higher than average as are test weights.
South central Kansas, including the Ark City and Medicine Lodge area, has been reporting 59-61 lb/bu (77.6-80.2 kg/hl) test weights and proteins in the 12-14% range. Plumper berries than had been expected are being seen in this area.
Areas expected to be in full swing over the weekend include portions of central Kansas in the Pawnee/Larned area. Western Kansas areas cutting include the Garden City and Lane County areas with reports of thin stands and low test weights in the 50 lb/bu (66.0 kg/hl) range. Some sporadic hail damage has been reported. Cutting in the Ellis area (near Hays) has started with dry wheat and test weights in the 55 lb/bu (72.5 kg/hl) range. Some weevil damage is being noticed and shriveled kernels.
As is usual for Kansas, harvest is starting in many areas all over the state, and this year promises to illustrate widespread and varied results in yields and kernel size.
New samples brought the cumulative protein down to 13.8% from the previous week’s 14.5%. Test weights are still maintaining an average greater than 61 lbs/bu (80.2 kg/hl).