Archive for Thursday, July 2, 2009

Wheat harvest has been spotty in county so far

The wheat harvest in Douglas County has been a mixed bag of success so far. Charles Beeghley of rural Baldwin City was cutting this wheat field last week and said it looked about average.

The wheat harvest in Douglas County has been a mixed bag of success so far. Charles Beeghley of rural Baldwin City was cutting this wheat field last week and said it looked about average.

July 2, 2009

Although this year’s wheat harvest got its usual jump start in Douglas County from the Baldwin City area, it’s not going to be one to brag about.

Orville Johanning brought in the first load of wheat to Baldwin Feed and Grain Co. last Tuesday and it looked like wheat harvest was off to the races, with Charles Beeghley not far behind Johanning.

Although the traffic to the grain elevator has been on again, off again — .40 of an inch of rain last Wednesday slowed it quite a bit — longtime elevator employee Verlyn Gilges isn’t about to say harvest is over.

“Some people are getting done and some are just getting started,” Gilges said Tuesday. “It’s been a pretty slow harvest.”

He said test weights have been good, but he doesn’t know about yield. What he does know is it won’t be a bumper crop.

“It’s not going to be much of a harvest,” said Gilges. “There wasn’t a lot of wheat planted.”

Bill Wood, county extension agent, agreed with that assessment.

“No, there wasn’t a lot planted in the county,” said Wood.

Wet conditions in the fall made it hard for farmers to get corn and soybean crops out, much less get a wheat crop planted, he said. Wood had just returned from vacation and didn’t know too much more about the wheat harvest.

“All I know about wheat harvest is I called one farmer and they said wheat harvest wasn’t good,” said Wood. “There were too many diseases in it.”

He did note that yields across the state have varied from 9 to 70 bushels to the acre, but he didn’t have figures for Douglas County.

Wood did say that the county’s hay harvest has been a good one, even though it was delayed by early June rains.

“We would have liked to have gotten it done earlier in June, rather than now, quality wise,” he said. “But the quantity is good. I think we’re going to have plenty of hay.”

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