2015 wheat harvest rated ?above average?

? Yield reports ranging from 45 to 70 bushels.

The 2015 wheat crop, which was lacking moisture early in the year, then received an abundance of moisture right before harvest, has come through ?a little above average,? according to at least one local expert.

?Most people are pretty pleased with what they got,? said Dick Tippin, grain coordinator for Cooperative Grain and Supply based in Hillsboro.

Tippin reported yields ranging from 40 to 70 bushels an acre, with an average test weight of about 59 compared to the usual benchmark of 60.

?Protein ran around 11 to 11.5? for our area, that?s kind of common,? he added. ?If you have 10 to 11 protein you have pretty good wheat. Usually, that?s what we get. If the wheat stresses more, it seems like you get better protein out of it, but you don?t get as many bushels.?

With the area harvest about 75 percent complete, Tippin estimated farmers should be done cutting in time to celebrate the Fourth of July, barring additional rainfall.

With the addition in 2014 of a second 300,000-bushel grain bin at the Hillsboro elevator, Tippin said CG&S was able to handle the incoming wheat ?really nicely.?

?We did ship some wheat, but we weren?t pushed to make room,? he said.

Additional good news for farmers is that the price of wheat has been on the rise recently, including a 13-cent gain Monday to close at $5.45 per bushel.

While the focus has been on the wheat crop recently, Tippin said fall crops are looking ?pretty good,? too.

?A lot of guys are just now getting some beans planted, so they?ll be a little bit late,? he said. ?And then they?re going to be doing some double-crop, planting beans in the wheat stubble now, too.

?If we get some moisture yet, they should do OK. The corn looks pretty good, too, but it will probably need a little more moisture, too.?

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