Wheat harvest is wrapping up in Southern wheat states

While wheat harvest is almost complete in the Southern wheat states, wheat in areas of Kansas and South Dakota have been severely slowed down due to heavy rainfall. Below are the current crop conditions for selected states provided by the USDA.

Kansas – Dry, warm weather allowed producers to harvest over a quarter of Kansas’ wheat crop last week. Winter wheat is now 55 percent harvested, ahead of last year’s 49 percent. Wheat in Northwest Kansas is far behind the rest of the state and only 23 percent mature.

Colorado – Winter wheat is progressing as 99 percent has headed and 59 percent turned color. Nine percent of wheat has been harvested. While crops in the eastern regions have been damaged by hail, the crop has been rated in mostly good to fair condition. Winter wheat in Colorado has been rated: 16 percent very poor, 19 percent poor, 31 percent fair, 28 percent good and six percent excellent.

South Dakota – Extensive rainfall limited planting and growth of crops and continued to keep small grains behind seasonal averages. Winter wheat is now 84 percent headed, lagging behind last year’s 94 percent headed at this time. Wheat is only six percent colored, severely behind the five-year average of 43 percent.

Texas – Irrigated wheat harvest is near completion in areas of the Northern High Plains. Eighty-nine percent of winter wheat harvest has been harvested in the state, up from seventy-one percent last week and well ahead of last year’s fifty-six percent at this time.

Oklahoma – Ninety-six percent of Oklahoma wheat has been harvested, sixteen points ahead of the norm for this time.

For more information contact crew@allaboardharvest.com. All Aboard 2011 is sponsored by High Plains Journal and DuPont Crop Protection.

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