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Kansas Wheat Harvest Report Day 10

Date Posted: June 21, 2011

This is Day 10 of the 2011 Kansas Wheat Harvest Reports, brought to you by the Kansas City Board of Trade, DeBruce Grain, the Kansas Grain and Feed Association, Kansas Association of Wheat Growers and the Kansas Wheat Commission.

After getting off to a quick start, just about 27% of the 2011 wheat crop has been harvested in the state, according to the weekly Crop Progress Report from Kansas Agricultural Statistics.

Harvest progress is moving slowly northward.

Near Herington, Tom Remy, manager of the Agri Producers location there, says just a handful of producers had begun by Monday, but by the end of the day it was progressing nicely.

The crop has averaged about 40 bushels per acre, with test weights averaging between 58 and 63 bushels per acre.

Remy expects harvest to last through the first of July.

Meanwhile, Georgia Lytle at Midland Marketing in McCracken says farmers started cutting last week, but were slowed by weekend rains.

Yields have been poor in Rush County due to drought and heat; farmers are expecting an average of about 20 bushels per acre.

Test weights average 61 pounds per bushel, but no protein reports have been received.

Lytle says some hail damage occurred east of McCracken, slashing yield potential in eastern Rush County.

Two hailstorms racing through Kearny County in the past week wiped out more than six quarter sections of wheat farmed by KAWG vice president Gary Millershaski.

Before the storms, he was able to cut a few fields of certified seed, and reports yields of 25 to 28 bushels per acre from the varieties T 151 and Jagger, despite those fields receiving less than four inches of moisture in 2011.

Millershaski says that between drought and hail, management at the United Prairie Ag grain elevator locations in Lakin and Lydia will take in less than 300,000 bushels - just one-fourth of last year's 1.2 million bushel harvest.

Millershaski has abandoned much of his wheat crop and expects an average yield of 15 bushels per acre on all his remaining acres.

The 2011 Harvest Salute to Producers is brought to you by Kansas Wheat in conjunction with sponsors the Kansas City Board of Trade, DeBruce Grain and the Kansas Grain and Feed Association.

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