P.J. Griekspoor Archives Email Author Rain Keeps Wheat Harvest at Bay Wheat still too yet, but ripening crop vulnerable to daily storms, hail. Published on: June 11, 2009 Tweet Post to Your Wall. Email Blog RSS Permalink Print Everybody is anxious for the harvest to begin, but Mother Nature is still not cooperating. The cool, wet weather that has dominated the spring is stretching into the week that usually sees the combines beginning to roll. At OK Coop in Kiowa, where the first loads traditionally come in, workers say harvest won't get under way until early next week, and then only if the rainy weather blows out. One farmer tried cutting a test load on Wednesday and found moisture at 20 percent. Meanwhile, farmers across the state are watching the thunderstorms go up almost daily. There's not much we can do except watch and wait and make sure the hail insurance is in place. You have called your crop insurance agent, right?