KS Wheat says harvest has been uneventful

The CEO of the Kansas Wheat Commission says the state’s winter wheat harvest has been a mixed bag so far.

Justin Gilpin tells Brownfield yields have ranged from 15 bushels per acre in the southwest to 60 bushels per acre in the eastern half partly because of drought and “Depending on production practices, whether that’s double crop wheat, continuous wheat or fallow wheat, I think that’s why you’re seeing that wide range.”

He says more than 30 percent of the crop is in and the quality has exceeded expectations. “Test weights have been hanging in there about 60 pounds or better.  Proteins have been ranging, but on average it looks like we’re going to have an above average protein crop especially compared to the last couple of years with 12 percent or better.”

Gilpin says weed pressure is a concern because of recent rainfall in areas of the state.

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