Day 8 Kansas Wheat Harvest Report
By Julia Debes – Kansas Wheat
Today is the eighth day of Kansas wheat harvest reports, presented by the Kansas Wheat Commission, the Kansas Association of Wheat Growers and the Kansas Grain and Feed Association.
Scattered showers rolled through Kansas on Tuesday evening, causing a pause in the Kansas wheat harvest. Severe weather conditions hit the eastern two-thirds of the state with gusty winds and a confirmed small tornado in Ellsworth. Farther west, rain totals weren’t very high, but lower temperatures, high humidity and overcast weather meant the harvest was still late to rain for many growers on Wednesday.
Prior to Tuesday’s rain, Kansas Wheat staff stopped at the Hamilton County harvest field. Jason Ochs, who farms near Syracuse, was cutting a field of hard white wheat that came in dry at nine percent moisture with a good test weight of 61.5 pounds per bushel.
Yields for the zone are reported at nine to 25 bushels per acre, but anything over 20 bushels per acre would be a stretch for this part of Kansas due to extreme drought throughout the growing season.
On the county line between Stafford and Reno counties, farmer Randy Fritzemeier was about halfway through the wheat harvest before a quarter inch of rain cut through Tuesday night.
Yields are disappointing in the low 30 bushels per acre, but the wheat is one of the best qualities he has cut with test weights of 61 to 64 pounds per bushel. Despite below-average yields, Fritzemeier was surprised at the quality of the harvest. He had to replant fields due to heavy rainfall during planting, but the weather became so dry that the December 15 storm filled the house with dirt. This spring brought about 1.5 inches of rain during heading and an additional 4.5 inches as the grains filled in, helping to complete the harvest.
He had scheduled a bespoke cutting crew to help him finish the wheat harvest, but with the crew’s delays, Fritzemeier said he would continue to cut until they arrived.
Farmers expect to get back into the combine cab as soon as field conditions allow, likely after triple-digit temperatures on Thursday and Friday.
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