Wheat harvest over half way complete in High Plains

Wheat growers in Colorado and Nebraska are finally in action of wheat harvest and half way complete, while harvest in South Dakota began last week. Meanwhile, producers are cutting their last acres in Texas and Kansas. Oklahoma wrapped up harvest last week. The 2009 wheat harvest is over half way complete in the High Plains.

Areas in the High Plains received up to 3 inches of rainfall last week, slowing the completion of wheat harvest. With high temperatures forecasted, harvest should be wrapping up quickly. Wheat harvest is 97 percent complete. The Texas wheat crop is forecasted to produce 66 million bushels this year.

Wheat harvest is complete in Oklahoma. This year, the state produced 75 million bushels of wheat grain. Currently, many producers are preparing fields for next year’s wheat crop.

Most of the state received scattered showers last week with the north central and northwest regions receiving the most. Thus, slowing the completion of wheat harvest. Harvest is near completion with a small amount of acres left in the northwest regions.

Last week Colorado experienced dry, warm conditions. Most areas across the state received above normal average temperatures. Wheat harvest was reported at 50 percent complete and 84 percent ripe. This year’s crop is reported to be in mostly good condition.
Colorado is expected to rank third in wheat production for 2009 behind Kansas and Washington state.

Wheat harvest is in full swing in southwestern counties of the state and has moved into the Panhandle. The state experienced below normal temperatures, while receiving rainfall to slow harvest. Seventy-four percent of the state’s wheat crop is in good to excellent condition. The 2009 wheat crop is 56 percent harvested.

South Dakota
The state received storms early in the week, causing some crop damage and moisture statewide. Wheat harvest is underway with 5 percent of winter wheat harvested. Currently, 33 percent of the state’s crop is ripe.

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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