ORIGINALLY WRITTEN TOM STOPPEL
Area farmers took advantage of a break in the wet weather pattern last week to make considerable progress on this year’s wheat harvest.
Harvest was between 90 and 95 percent complete as of Monday afternoon, according to Lyman Adams, general manager of Cooperative Grain and Supply, Hillsboro.
“We took in about 554,000 bushels and that’s right at our four-year average,” Adams said. “The yields we’re hearing were in the 40-to-50-bushels-per-acre range.”
Adams said the rains of the past two weeks, while welcome, was challenging for producers.
“The farmers were able to go through the mud, but they definitely left tracks,” he said. “It was a challenge.
“Most of them had to cart the grain to the road because they couldn’t get the trucks on to the fields,” he said. “That made it a little slower process.”
Test weights also suffered due to the rains, falling from the 61- to 62-pound range to an average of about 58.5 pounds per bushel.
Adams said although the harvest was prolonged by rain, everyone he’s talked to was still grateful for the moisture.
“They’re still all thankful for the rains because the fall crops have benefitted,” Adams said. “We went into wheat harvest different than in the past because it was dry, without much May or early June rain.
“Right now our fall crops are looking good, but we’ll obviously still need timely rains in July and August,” he said. “But for the moment we’re sitting pretty good.”