So far, wheat harvest surpasses expectations

At roughly the halfway point, Marion County?s wheat harvest is turning out better than many had feared earlier this spring.

Dick Tippin, grain coordinator at Cooperative Grain & Supply, says wheat quality has been ?excellent? with average yields.

?Test weights have been 59 to a high of 64 pounds, which is really high,? he said. ?They?ve dropped a little since we?ve had the rains, but they?re still in the 60 range.?

As for yield, he said, ?I?ve heard roughly we?re averaging around 40 bushels an acre, which is better than what we thought.?

CG&S is based in Hillsboro with satellite locations in Marion, Lehigh, Canton and Canada.

Tippin said the crop seems fairly consistent throughout the service area.

?We haven?t taken as much in from the Marion area yet,? he said. ?Their harvest was a little bit later and they got more rain.

?But I think it will be pretty consistent.?

If weather permits, the harvest easily should be complete by week?s end.

?Today and tomorrow, if we have good days, it will be on the down side,? he said Monday. ?We just need a few more dry days and they?ll be done.?

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