Kansas on the Cusp of Full-Blown Wheat Harvest

By Jolyn Johnston-Myers
June 10, 2016

Kansas farmers are on the cusp of a full-blown harvest. Hot temperatures coupled with high winds have helped to dry out the wheat fields after the heavy rains from previous weeks.

John Woodworth is with Team Marketing Alliance in Moundridge. He gave us an update on Friday on some of the activity being seen in surrounding counties.

“It’s been dry enough that we’ve seen some activity in the Haven and Castleton area,” Woodworth said. “And the primary reason for that is the soil’s sandier there and so that wheat usually comes off.

“There was also an area just east of Marion that didn’t get quite as much rain and therefore they’ve had some activity,” Woodworth continued. “So we’re taking wheat a little bit at our Canton terminal; we’re taking wheat at Castleton and a little bit at Haven. We’ve gotten some test cuts that were in the 12 to 14 moisture level, which means they’re right on the cusp. If they get to 12 or less they’ll start going.”

Woodworth thinks Monday will see more activity in earnest in McPherson County with full-blown harvest by Tuesday or Wednesday, so long as rain can stay out of the forecast.

“McPherson County has got some people wanting to test cut,” Woodworth added. “There is a little bit of green wheat around but a lot of this wheat is real close. They were really nervous when they were calling for an 80 percent chance of rain Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday – you’d have probably seen a lot of guys pressing, trying to get combines in the field.

“You know, it’s pretty amazing what one day of 90 degree temperature and 25 mile an hour winds can do as far as drying a crop out. So you will see some activity getting started this weekend (in McPherson County), but it’ll be sporadic.”

Full wheat harvest reports will begin next week on Mid Kansas Radio, so tune in to FM 96.7 KBBE.