Kansas wheat harvest
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KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI, U.S. — Exceptional protein, good test weights and highly variable yields continued to be the norm for the 2018 Kansas wheat harvest, Kansas Wheat said in its Day 4, Kansas Wheat Harvest Report issued late June 14.

Jacquelyne Leffler, who farms near Americus, Kansas, U.S., in Lyon county, said high humidity inhibited harvest the past few days, but that harvest could be completed in three “big days” of work.

Leffler reported yields ranging from a low of 36 bushels per acre to a high of 75 bushels per acre, depending largely on the timing of limited precipitation during the growing season. Test weights ranged from 61 to 62 pounds per bushel and protein has averaged about 12%.

“We have had some local elevators offer protein premiums,” Leffler said. “We are trying to capitalize on those markets and their demands as much as we can. Having that incentive is a game changer.”

Gypsum, Kansas, U.S., farmer Justin Knopf reported average yields in the low-30 to mid-40 bushel per acre range due to a lack of rain this season.

“Because of that, combined with the exceptional heat that we received during grain fill, we knew that there would be fewer bushels,” Knopf said. “Although, the wheat performing as well as it has during this tough a year is a real testament to wheat breeders, agronomists and the technologies we have.”

Knopf said protein levels in the area were “exceptional,” with some fields in the 14% to 15% range.

The Kansas harvest may be followed on Twitter at #wheatharvest18.