Harvest Spreading Through Kansas
KSAL Staff - June 22, 2015 10:38 am
The National Agricultural Statistics Service reported Friday that it expects this year's wheat production to be 334.4 million bushels in Kansas. That is up from the 314.5 million bushels it had forecast just last month.
The return to hot weather is good news for the Kansas wheat harvest. The winter wheat harvest is picking up over a big chunk of Kansas.
Justin Gilpin from the industry organization Kansas Wheat tells KSAL news that he anticipate it to be active across the state for the next 4 – 5 days. Wheat farmers are scurrying to take advantage of dry, hot weather in order to get a solid foothold.
As far as quality of the crop, results have been mixed so far. While the yields have exceeded expectations, test weights have been at 57 pounds per bushel, lower than the optimal 60 pounds per bushel. The winter wheat harvest is picking up over a big chunk of Kansas.
With harvest picking up around the area, the KSAL Harvest Fest 2015 begins this week. All this week, KSAL will be broadcasting live twice daily from area elevators, providing updates on the harvest and food and drinks for harvest crews. The Harvest Fest tour will make stops at 10 different elevators in Saline, Ellsworth, Lincoln, McPherson, and Dickinson counties.