Archive for Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Wheat harvest gets started around county

Farmers making hay while the sun shines, too

Orville Johanning, right, discusses the wheat crop with Justin Schaffer of the Baldwin Feed Co. after unloading his grain truck Wednesday morning. Johanning brought the first load of wheat to the elevator on Tuesday..

Orville Johanning, right, discusses the wheat crop with Justin Schaffer of the Baldwin Feed Co. after unloading his grain truck Wednesday morning. Johanning brought the first load of wheat to the elevator on Tuesday..

June 24, 2009

Wheat harvest got its official start in southern Douglas County Tuesday when Orville Johanning brought the first load of wheat to the Baldwin Feed Co. elevator.

It had been cut Monday and in addition to continuing with wheat harvest Tuesday, Johanning was cutting hay around his farm north of Worden. Others, including Charles Beeghley, also got the wheat cutting going. Others will join in, too, according to Verlyn Gilges of the Baldwin Feed Co.

“They’ll be cutting today,” Gilges said Wednesday. “Nobody knows what the yield is going to be yet, but test weights are decent.”

While the wheat is ready to cut, farmers are finding the fields are still muddy from the six-plus inches of rain that have fallen in the area in June. Many farmers are cutting a test swath and find the wheat good, but are battling mud that makes maneuvering the fields difficult.

“It’s a little wet,” said Gilges.

Despite those muddy fields, he’s convinced that wheat harvest will jump into high gear throughout the next week.

“I’d say so,” he said.

The same can be said for cutting hay after the rains finally stopped.

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