Warmer temperatures in the High Plains aid crop development

Wheat harvest is in action in five states across the High Plains with Texas and Oklahoma wrapping up. Eastern Colorado and southeast Nebraska began harvest. Harvest is in full swing in Kansas. The warm, dry weather conditions across the High Plains have forced crops into maturity and further development.

Northern areas of the state received up to 2 inches of rainfall, while the rest of the state experienced scattered showers. Harvest in the Northern High Plains continued throughout the week and is expected to be complete within the next two weeks. Currently, 70 percent of the state’s wheat crop is harvested.

Triple digit temperatures ranged across the state last week. The extremely hot and dry conditions left the state in need for precipitation. Oklahoma averaged 0.11 inches of rainfall last week. Growers have currently harvested 89 percent of the state’s wheat crop and will be wrapping up harvest soon.

The state received light precipitation across the northern and eastern counties. Other areas received 1 inch of moisture. Temperatures reached triple digits in most areas of the state.
Currently 47 percent of the state’s wheat crop has been harvested. The state’s average yield is 45 bushels per acre with moisture content ranging from 5 to 13 percent.

Warmer temperatures accelerated crop development last week. Most of the state experienced fair amounts of moisture with the Front Range receiving 2.57 inches. South central and southeast regions of the state were reported very dry.
Wheat harvest started in the counties of Prowers, Kiowa, Baca, and Cheyenne. The state’s winter wheat was reported 70 percent in good to excellent condition. Currently, 3 percent of the state’s crop has been harvested.

High humidity and warm temperatures progressed crop maturity last week. The state received an average of 0.5 inches of rainfall. Thirteen percent of the state’s wheat crop is ripe, while 77 percent is turning color.
Harvest started last week in the southeast regions of the state. Growers in the south central and southwest regions are expecting to start harvest soon after July Forth. Harvest is expected to begin in the Panhandle around July 15.

South Dakota
The state received warmer temperatures, which aided the growth and development of crops. Winter wheat is 96 percent headed, while spring wheat is only 58 percent headed. Twenty-five percent of winter wheat is turning color.

For more information e-mail crew@allaboardharvest.com. All Aboard 2009 Wheat harvest is sponsored by High Plains Journal and DuPont Crop Protection.

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