We're Very Close to Time for Combines to Roll

Kansas Viewpoint

It won't be long until we know for sure what we suspect: This is a sad wheat crop

Published on: June 3, 2011
Wheat harvest in the southern tier of Kansas Counties will probably start this weekend.

There's already been some test cutting around Kiowa (where harvest always begins) and even in southern Sumner County with moisture just a little too high. After the temperature topped 100 degrees today with winds around 20 to 30 mph and more of the same in store for Saturday, moisture won't last long.

I made a swing around the areas likely to start cutting any day now this afternoon and found agronomists saying we're close, especially in areas with lighter, sandier soils. But they are expecting less than exciting yields and even worse test weights as the crop has gone from green to ready in a very, very short time.

The good news is cash prices above $8 a bushel, which for those with bushels to sell, will make up for a lot of lost yield.