Archive for Friday, June 26, 2009

Wheat harvest continues following Wednesday rain

June 26, 2009

Lawrence Municipal Airport received 1.1 inches of rain during Wednesday’s storm, 6News Chief Meteorologist Matt Elwell said, and the southern part of Douglas County received considerably less rain. Now farmers will do their best to get back out to the fields to resume the wheat harvest as soon as they can, but the wet ground might hold them off for a few days.

Officials at the grain elevator in Baldwin City said they had seen a crop so far with test weights of 58 to 61 pounds per bushel.

“It’s starting out to look fairly decent, but any more rain on it right now will start lowering that test weight,” said Steve Wilson, owner and manager of Baldwin Feed Co.

There was .40 of an inch of rain Wednesday near Vinland and reports of .50 of an inch in Baldwin City. Grain trucks were making their way to the elevator with loads of wheat Friday morning.


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