About 8 percent of the Kansas wheat crop has been harvested thus far, according to Kansas Ag Statistics. While farmers in central Kansas are enjoying a better than average harvest so far, farmers in western Kansas are not quite as fortunate.
Matt Overturf with Skyland Grain in Johnson says much of the crop in Stanton and Hamilton counties has already been abandoned due to drought and freeze stress; what's left is yielding between 5 and 15 bushels per acre. Company-wide, red wheat is averaging 58.8 pounds per bushel; white wheat is 59.7 pounds per bushel but no protein values have been reported. Overturf says he expects the company to take in just 10 percent of a normal crop.
Darwin Ediger, Meade, planned to finish wheat harvest Monday. It's been a disappointing crop, with yields ranging from 10 to 20 bushels per acre, with test weights averaging about 58 pounds. About half the wheat in the Meade area was destroyed, making for a dismal harvest.