|Hard red winter harvest in Kansas is still underway, with the state being approximately 80% complete. In western Kansas, yields vary from a total loss to 60 bushels per acre, and test weights are averaging around 60.5 lb/bu (79.6 kg/hl). In the central part of the state, yields range from 40 to 70 bushels per acre, with test weights averaging about 60 lb/bu (78.9 kg/hl) and protein levels from 11% to 11.5%. In northwest Kansas, yields are relatively low, but test weights are averaging more than 62 lb/bu (81.5 kg/hl). |
Colorado’s wheat harvest was delayed seven to ten days due to the rain and cool spring weather. Yields in the southeastern part of the state have been averaging between 20 and 25 bushels per acre. Wheat quality in the area has been excellent with test weights averaging 60 lb/bu (78.9 kg/hl) and proteins around 12%. Reports of test weights and protein levels further north have been averaging 60.5 lb/bu (79.6 kg/hl) and close to 13%, respectively. The Colorado 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.
Harvest is underway in Nebraska, with test cutting occurring around the state. The south central and southeastern parts of Nebraska reported that harvest started late last week and over the weekend. Wheat conditions are rated 61% good and excellent, 27% fair, 8% poor, and 4% very poor. There have been some reports of disease damage due to the wet conditions.