Kansas wheat harvest nearly set to begin

By Chris Swick
June 11, 2015

The 2015 Kansas wheat harvest is drawing closer and, with that, comes the reminder that farm equipment will be more numerous on county roads and highway.

“For the farmers, it's really their livleihood,” Jana McKinney, K-State Extension McPherson County Family and Consumer Sciences Agent, said. “It's so important that we all be respectful and realize that we kind of need to give them the right of way this time of year and let them get their crop in.”

Combines could begin cutting wheat soon in parts of south-central Kansas, though the predicted rainfall through the weekend may put a halt on those predictions from industry group Kansas Wheat.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture earlier this week rated 30 percent of the state's wheat crop at good or excellent condition, with another 41 percent in fair shape. It is estimated that 29 percent of the crop is in poor to very poor condition.

McKinney urges patience if stuck behind farm equipment traveling on roadways and says the slow down if caught behind one is the equivalent of being caught at two red lights.

“We want to give every courtesy to the farmers and know that some of them may be parked on the side of the road or moving equipment,” McKinney said, “If we can pull into a drive and give them the right of way and let them get to their next field, that is really what we want to do.”