Kansas producers note strong winter wheat yields

Winter wheat harvest is wrapping up for Kansas farmers.

Jacquelyne Leffler who farms near Emporia tells Brownfield she’s had back-to-back years of high yielding wheat. 

“We pushed up to 85 bushels on some yields for straight through on fields and fields that had more wet spots were in the 50s,” she says. “Test weight was excellent, and disease pressure was low. We’re very pleased with everything we saw this year.”

She says harvest was completed about a week and a half ago. 

Western Kansas farmer Clay Schemm, who farms with his parents in Greeley, Logan and Wallace counties, says yields were about average this year.

“I’m probably going to be three to five bushels better than what we expected,” he says.

He says one variety had a record-setting test weight.

“We hauled in a load of wheat that had a test weight of 68.9,” he says. “I’ve never seen that before in my life.”

According to USDA, winter wheat harvested was 92% complete as of Sunday, well ahead of 55% last year and 72% for the five-year average.

Photo credit: Mindy Sue Photography, via Leffler Prime Performance

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