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Janel: Montana Winter Wheat

Great Falls, Montana – Our crew in the Great Falls, Montana area has been busy cutting winter wheat for over a week now. They are reporting exceptionally good yields.  The winter wheat has been averaging 60 to 90 bushels per acre.  The test weights are 65 to 66 pounds and the protein 12.5%.  Sawfly has been an issue and it’s worse this year.

They are planning on harvesting winter wheat for another 7 to 10 days. After that they’ll harvest spring wheat and then chickpeas to follow.  So far their fields have been big and the truck hauls short.

Schemper Harvesting 2018Schemper Harvesting cutting winter wheat in Montana.  Photo by JC Schemper.

Schemper Harvesting 2018Schemper Harvesting cutting winter wheat near Great Falls, Montana.  Photo by JC Schemper.

All Aboard Wheat Harvest is sponsored by High Plains Journal and John Deere.  Janel Schemper can be reached at

  • jim scott
    Posted at 08:17h, 02 August

    sounds like some darn good wheat. i used to plant certain varieties of “Coker” wheat good consistant good test weight 60 – 62 lb but our yeilds would only get to the low to mid 70 bu/acre range. some of the hybrid varities would yeild more bpa but didn’t get good consistent test weight. maybe the climate here in SC we plant soft red winter wheat here. jaslll

  • jeff keller
    Posted at 09:37h, 02 August

    Why don’t the farmers in the Midwest plant Triticale hybrid wheat. Will with stand most weather and pest problems.

  • Ricardo Alberto Senteio Rocon
    Posted at 17:20h, 03 August

    Janel ,em 1972 colhi trigo na região de Great Falls,mais precisamente no Andersen&hovland Ranch,grande experiência que tive ,e suas fotos me levam para aquela colheita .Bom trabalho a vocês !