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Better-than-average area wheat yields projected PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kyle Arnoldy   

Thanks to the recent spells of moisture, area producers are looking at a promising year for wheat.

“We got some rains when we really needed it,” Grainland Co-op grain merchandiser Steve Young said. “It should be a decent harvest.”

Young said he expects farmers to start as early as this weekend, while Paoli Farmers Co-op manager Steve Bahnsen believes harvest will pick up later next week, about two weeks later than is typical in this area. With the moisture, Young said quality and test weights are expected to be good, and the rain should help with quantity as well.

The harvest was delayed due to some cooler weather and rain, which is a good sign. According to Young, an early harvest usually indicates there was not enough moisture, hot weather and the crop matured much quicker than normal.

After some needed moisture, producers will likely hit the fields in the upcoming week as the wheat harvest picks up steam.  —Enterprise photo

“I have been in this business for 48 years, and this is about the fifth time I will be off for the 4th of July in all of those years,” Bahnsen said.

With the rain, Bahnsen stated he expects high quality wheat this season.

“Before the cold and wet weather, I thought it was going to be below average, but now I think it will be above average,” Bahnsen said of the wheat in the area.

While hail has been a constant threat in recent weeks, Holyoke has managed to avoid the most severe damage. North of town was hit the worst, and the south experienced some light hail as well.

Bahnsen noted that while the moisture is appreciated, it has also promoted growth among the weed population. In some areas, the weeds have grown above the wheat. The inconvenience of weeds can slow down harvest and is a bit of a financial strain for farmers but is not an issue that cannot be resolved.

Holyokr Enterprise July 3, 2014