Archive for Monday, October 22, 1990

DESPITE PROBLEMS, FALL HARVEST ON SCHEDULE

October 22, 1990

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Some minor problems have developed during the fall harvest in Douglas County but farmers are bringing in their crops right on schedule, local officials say.

Brian Morray, executive director of the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service for Douglas County, said harvesting of milo has been slow.

"A lot of farmers are not getting into their milo because the moisture is still pretty high," he said. "They're hoping it'll get dried up so they can get in there and cut the milo."

He said farmers can put off harvesting the milo as long as the plants continue to stand upright. However, recent high winds have damaged a number of plants, he said.

Although moisture hasn't affected the soybean harvest, the crop suffered from hot and dry weather during the growing season.

DEAN NIEDER, manager of the Farmers Co-op south grain elevator in Lawrence, said the beans brought to his elevator have varied in volume and quality.

"In some areas, the yield was fairly normal, but in other areas, it was about a third less crop than usual," he said. "A lot of the beans were small and a lot of the pods didn't have beans in them. The soybeans suffered the most and the reason for that is soybeans mature a little later and we didn't get rain for six weeks."

However, Elden Thiessen, a statistician with Kansas Agriculture Statistics, said this morning that the state's harvest is on or ahead of schedule.

Of the corn planted in Kansas, 75 percent has been harvested. The east central area, which includes Douglas County, has harvested 85 percent of its corn crop.

Thirty percent of the state's milo, and 25 percent of the east central area's milo has been harvested. About 45 percent of soybeans in the state, and 40 percent in the east central area have been cut.

THIESSEN said 85 percent of the acreage alloted for the Kansas 1991 wheat crop has been seeded, and 65 percent of the plants have emerged. The condition of the emerging wheat is typical with 83 percent labeled as good to excellent and 17 percent labeled fair.

The east central area is lagging behind, with only 45 percent of wheat planted.

Morray said some winter wheat farmers in Douglas County had put off planting in hopes of getting some rain.

"It's not coming along very well," he said. "A lot of people are going ahead and planting, but we need an inch of rain here pretty soon."

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