The 2017 wheat harvest appears to be off to a good start in Marion County, despite the interruption of storms and rain showers late last week.
Dick Tippin, grain coordinator at Cooperative Grain & Supply based in Hillsboro, said he believes the local harvest has reached 65 to 70 percent completion.
He said the quality and yield of the wheat crop is good, based on comments from producers bringing their grain to the elevators.
Tippin said yields have ranged from 40 to 70 bushels per acre, with many reports in the upper 50s and 60s.
“That’s pretty good for a lot of it,” he said.
The price of wheat has been rising recently. Tippin estimated Monday’s market would close at $3.93 per bushel after reaching $4 for a brief time.
“A lot of the reason (for the price increase) is because North Dakota and South Dakota are so dry,” Tippin said. “Their spring wheat has had a lack of moisture.”
Even though Thursday’s thunderstorm halted cutting temporarily, the overall impact of the moisture is seen as a positive thing.
“I don’t think it’s had much impact on the wheat, anyway,” Tippin said. “That little bit of moisture we’ve gotten means they’ll be able to do more double-cropping on soybeans, it sounds like.
“We’re waiting a bit for the ground to dry a little bit more, but they were waiting for some moisture so they could do more double-crop.”
Despite cloudy skies, a few cutting samples came in to CG&S on Monday, but Tippin said the moisture reading of 16 was “pretty wet yet.”
“If we have decent weather this week, a lot (of producers) would get done.” We just need a little lower humidity and more sun to get it going again,” he said.
Overall, Tippin expects total bushel receipts at CG&S to be down slightly from a year ago.
“There’s about 20 to 25 percent less acres out, so our overall bushel receipts will be down by about that much,” he said.