Archive for Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Area wheat harvest begins — sort of

Lawrence Journal-World 2013 file photo.

Lawrence Journal-World 2013 file photo.

June 25, 2013

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Area wheat farmers were able to get some cutting in this week before Tuesday's rains put a damper on the start of the harvest season in Douglas County.

Local grain elevators reported minor activity in the fields the past couple of days, predicting that the harvest will begin in earnest later this week.

With the Kansas wheat ripening quickly in the hot summer sun, Tuesday's light rain put a damper on the area harvest for a couple of days as this field east of Baldwin City shows the signs of ready wheat.

With the Kansas wheat ripening quickly in the hot summer sun, Tuesday's light rain put a damper on the area harvest for a couple of days as this field east of Baldwin City shows the signs of ready wheat.

"We got in one load this morning," Verlyn Gilges, of Baldwin City Feed Co., said Tuesday afternoon, adding that the farmer was from Eudora. "Of course, the rain put a stop to that."

In the southwest part of the region, the Overbrook Co-op had yet to see any action as of Tuesday afternoon, though locations in Burlington, Waverly, Burlingame and Ottawa had received some loads of wheat.

"I think we will by the end of the week," said Mark Easton, branch manager of the Overbrook Co-op. "We might even get some in the next day or so if it stops raining."

Growers like Kermit Kalb, who farms east of Baldwin City, did some test-cutting on Monday and planned to resume the harvest this week once the wheat dried some more.

Kansas Agricultural Statistics Service reported Monday that 8 percent of the state’s winter wheat crop has been cut. The agency said 45 percent of the Kansas wheat crop was in poor to very poor condition. The trade group Kansas Wheat says harvest activity has spread as far north as Hays and as far west as Scott City. Early indications are that the harvest has been coming in as good — and as bad — as had been anticipated, depending on where the rain had fallen.

— The Associated Press contributed to this report

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