The Hutchinson News
It didn't take long for the hot Kansas wind to dry down this year's wheat crop as the Reno County harvest was in full swing this weekend.
The lights of combines glistened in fields late into the night Saturday and Sunday with conditions staying dry enough to cut.
Reno County farmer David Stroberg and his family were among the busy operations bringing in the wheat this weekend. Among the crew was son Scott and daughter Andrea Kitch, who was driving a combine.
His wheat was still soft when he checked it Thursday. However, the 90-plus-degree temperatures coupled with the hot winds "changed things dramatically," he said, adding that the family's harvest started harvest Friday night.
Stroberg said test weights were good - 59 to 62 pounds. No. 1-grade wheat is 60 pounds or better.
"Variety made the difference," he said of some his lighter testing bushels.
He didn't have yields figured, but this year's harvest was shaping up to be decent.
"That big snow we had in February, that helped our wheat," he said of a storm that left more than 2 feet of snow. "It provided good cover, insulated it. We got two inches of moisture from it, and that was a really big deal."
It appears south central Kansas could have a good harvest thanks to the moisture in late winter and spring.
At Valley Co-Op near Winfield, test weights are averaging 60 pounds a bushel, according to Kansas Wheat. Early yield reports indicate the crop at 50 bushels an acre.
Harvest is now occurring in the entire southern half of Kansas, Kansas Wheat reported Sunday afternoon. That includes as far north as Scott City, where Kansas Wheat Commissioner Rich Randall said he began harvest Saturday. Test weights are averaging 58 pounds a bushel, he said, and one field averaged 25 bushels an acre, although the farmer told the agency continuous crop wheat is expected to yield much less due to the drought.