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Wheat harvest earlier than expected PDF Print E-mail
Written by Holyoke Enterprise   

Although at one time it appeared as though the wheat harvest would take place in mid-July, the recent dry, hot weather has pushed the date up a few weeks. When the wheat starts to head, typically harvest will take place six weeks later. However, with soaring temperatures, the harvest came quicker than originally expected. Grainland Co-op grain merchandiser Steve Young noted that due to the lack of moisture recently, he expects the crop yield to be less than normal this year.

Local farmer Vern Rafert and his brother Allen Rafert were some of the first to get into the field for the wheat harvest as they began Saturday, June 29. Monday, July 1 they were back at it. Pictured above, Vern mans the tractor while Allen drives the combine on land approximately one mile north and two miles west of Holyoke.

Vern said the moisture in the wheat is about 10-12 percent. With little moisture last summer and not much this spring, Vern expects this to be the poorest crop he has had in several years. He anticipates 25-30 bushels per acre.

—Enterprise photos

The Holyoke Enterprise July 4, 2013