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Sumner County wheat harvest report: The yields are good, the wheat is plump, and cutting is almost complete

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — The wheat harvest is wrapping up and it looks like it has been a good year for area farmers.  The weather was very cooperative this year, which made for a good crop and harvest went well too. Some recent rains may lower the test weights of remaining fields, but it didn’t slow down the overall picture much.

County Extension Agent Randy Hein said the average test weights around the county were in the 62-65 pound range. People were getting around 50 bushels per acre as a county average, which is higher than the 10-year average of 38.

Hein said he believes the harvest will be done by the end of this weekend barring wet weather.

Farmers in the county have had mixed reviews in years past. Last year’s crop was diminished due to a lot of rain that made it difficult to harvest. This year is turning out to be a good year as well.

The harvest started a little later this year due to the weather, but thanks to mostly dry conditions it was harvested pretty fast.

The harvest started in Sumner County on June 15, and a week later they were going full speed.

There is still a lot of wheat to be cut in the state as it starts in the southernmost counties every year.

According to the Kansas Wheat Association, the wheat harvest started a little earlier in Cowley County and was finished earlier. Test weights there were at 63. The yield varied greatly but some in Cowley County reported as much as 80 bushels per acre, but averages like those in Sumer County were more common.

According to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, for the week ending June 21, 2020, Kansas wheat condition rated 7% very poor, 16% poor, 33% fair, 38% good and 6% excellent. Coloring was 97%, ahead of 88% last year. Mature was 68%, well ahead of 40% last year. Harvested was 25%, well ahead of 4% last year, and near 24% for the five-year average.

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