Kansas wheat yields continue to vary greatly

Jul 6, 2017

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The wheat harvest in Kansas is about three-quarters of the way done and yields continue to be highly variable.

According to the Day 15 Kansas Wheat Harvest report issued Wednesday, yields in north central Kansas are ranging from anywhere between 20 and 80 bushels per acre, but Dell Princ, manager of Midway Coop in Osborne estimates most yields are hovering around the 40-bushel-per-acre range.

Eric Sperber, manager of Cornerstone Ag, LLC, in Colby, said yields have been all over the board there, as well.

The wheat streak mosaic virus was present in the area, and rust was also found.

Sperber said the late season snow didn’t have as much of an impact as expected, saying that one farmer had a field that looked like a mess after the snow.

“It stood back up, but fell over again at grainfill,” Sperber said. “He wasn't expecting much, but it ended up yielding 60 bushels per acre and over 60 pounds per bushel."

According to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service, wheat in Kansas was about 73 percent harvested as of Wednesday.