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Wheat harvest started in Greeley County

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A field 7 miles south and 1 east of Tribune was being harvested on Saturday.

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A field 7 miles south and 1 east of Tribune was being harvested on Saturday.

Wheat harvest started this past week in Greeley County. Dirk Schneider at CHS said that they started receiving wheat this past Thursday. “There is a lot of mosaic that is hurting yields and test weights,” remarked Schneider. “The south part of the county is worse for mosaic. The yields are low, the test weights are running 52 to 59, and the protein is 11 to 15. But some of the better wheat hasn’t been cut yet. “It should be a good harvest with the moisture that we have had, but here we are with the mosaic.” Alan Schlegel, agronomist at the Southwest Research Extension Center, said that they had started harvest on Monday. “I might have been a little too optimistic,” remarked Schlegel. “There is more mosaic than I thought. Even the stuff that looked very good is not doing well. The bad is less than 10 bushels, and the good is in the 20s with some maybe up to 30. Our good wheat is going to be average. I knew some acres were bad but there is more damage than I thought. Plus we got hurt by hail a few days ago and we have some broken heads. “The potential is here to have the problem next year. We have to be really careful in controlling the volunteer. With the light test weight and hail we will have a lot of volunteer. We are set up for potential problems. “With the moisture conditions it should have been a good year, but because of the mosaic we have lost yields.” “The mosaic is kicking us hard,” was one farmer’s comment. “I know that it wasn’t going to be good, but it’s worse than I thought. I’m getting my estimates shoved down my throat. We haven’t gotten to the best wheat yet, but some that I thought was good is not yielding as high as I thought and some of it is completely gone. “The southeast part of the county is worse that than southwest. We haven’t cut any yet in the north and it may be better. “The problem with the mosaic is that I don’t see it going away. We may have to deal with it from now on. And it’s uncertain what will happen if we have to take wheat out of our rotation. “You could kind of see it happening last year. With the low prices, some were not working fields as much trying to save expenses. How can you afford to spray 10 bushel wheat?” There have been reports of fields that were not hit by the mosaic yielding in the 40s and the northern parts of the county should be better. One farmer remarked, “It’s from A to Z.” The Tribune weather station reported 0.67 inches of rain at the Friday morning reading. For the first 27 days of June the station has received 2.36 inches of rain compared to a normal for the total month of 2.94 inches. For the year-to-date the station has received 14.10 inches of precipitation, which is 5.39 inches above the normal of 8.71 inches. The high temperatures for the past week reached 103º on Wednesday, June 21. The high dropped from 102º on Thursday to a high of 72º on Friday, June 23. The low for the week was 49º on Saturday morning. There was a heavy fog on Tuesday morning. The average soil temperatures for the past week in Greeley County were 80º on June 21, 82º on June 22, 80º on June 23, 71º on June 24, 69º on June 25, 68º on June 26, and 73º on June 27. According to the National Wheat harvest started in Greeley County Agriculture Statistics Service, as of June 18 in the West Central District of Kansas, 76% of the wheat is mature, and 8% is harvested; 0% of the corn is silking; 92% of the sorghum is planted, and 76% has emerged.
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