The Garden City Telegram
7/3/2014
SOUTHWEST LIFE

Western Kansas Wheat Harvest Suprisingly Good

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Peak Brings Reports That

Indicate Larger Yield

Than Farmers, Grain Men

Expected

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County Production Boosted

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Dry Land Fields Produce

Up To 30 Bushels An

Acre And Irrigated Crop

Up To 60 Bushels

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Indications that many fields in western Kansas will produce much larger yields than had earlier been anticipated were noted today by grainmen and farmers as the wheat harvest in this section of the state reached its peak.

The weather during the past week has been ideal for wheat harvest in this section and grainmen and farm leaders today expressed the opinion that much of the later wheat has had an excellent chance to develop.

Meanwhile, Finney county's 11 elevators were filling up rapidly and some of the county's wheat crop already had started moving to eastern markets. Grainmen today estimated that 100,000 bushels already had been marketed in the county and said that several carloads of the grain was scheduled to move today.

Saved Back For Seed

Most of them, however, are storing the grain in their elevators and a good share of the crop will be saved to seed fields next fall.

Few farmers who have wheat on their fields this year had not started combines, although some growers, especially those who have wheat on irrigated land, are holding off for another day or two. Some farmers are storing the grain in bins, but most of them were bringing it to market where grain was bringing $1.13 a bushel.

The cutting of irrigated wheat, which usually ripens later than the dry land crop, has been started in most places during the past three days. Several irrigated plots were producing heavy yields, most of it is high test grain.

A 59 1/2 Bushel Yield

The Goss Brothers, who farm just north of Garden City, have reported the largest yield. A 10-acre field of irrigated wheat on this farm averaged 59 1/2 bushels to the acre. John Landgraf, who planted wheat on 80 acres of his irrigated farm about six miles west of Garden City, started cutting the field this week but shut down to allow the grain to ripen. Landgraf expects the field to average at least 50 bushels to the acre, while some neighbors believe it will average nearer 60 bushels.

Garden City grainmen were confident today that Finney county's yield will be more than 150,000 bushels, but none of them would estimate that the county will be at the 200,000 bushel mark. Grainmen said, however, that at least 200,000 bushels will be marketed at the county's elevators.

Crist Has Good Crop

The best dry land yield in the county was reported by R. L. Crist who lives just west of Friend. The harvest on a quarter section of Crist's land has been completed and this quarter produced 30 bushels to the acre.

Bullish reports also were received here from Haskell county, which previously had counted on a yield of around 100,000 bushels. Estimates of this county's yield now range between 200,000 and 400,000 bushels after numerous farmers had been surprised at the amount their acreage had produced.

From Hodgeman county came reports that some fields will average around 20 bushels to the acre, but the acreage for the county is expected to be only around five bushels.