07 Jul The Crop of a Lifetime
Scott City, Kansas – Everyone likes to have a story. You know, one of those that you can tell for years to come and it still has the power to captivate? Well, this may be the year for some farmers and harvesters in western Kansas. This may be THE “once in a lifetime crop” that we will be telling future generations about.
How did this crop come to be? Well, one of the reasons may be the weather that came as the wheat was maturing. This spring, the weather was more consistent with the parts of Europe known for their consistently high yielding wheat crops. It was warm, but not too warm, and the rains were timely with just enough rain to push the crop to high potentials. Inputs such as proper fertilizer, weed control, and fungicide certainly didn’t hurt the situation either.
Dryland yields are rivaling irrigated acres in many places. Many fields are going 80+bushels per acres with some even in the 90s and even over 100 bushels per acre range. The crew had fun watching part of a field push 125 bushels per acre on the yield monitor, and some places were even higher. Test weights are around 62-65 pounds/bushel. This is WESTERN Kansas folks! Goodness is it fun and exciting to see these farmers have such a great crop especially with the memory of years of drought in the not so distant past. Below are some photos the guys sent in from the region.
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