|Area wheat harvest has promising weekend start|
|Written by Kyle Arnoldy|
Local producers have just scratched the surface of the summer wheat harvest as farmers hit the fields late last week to get started.
Steve Bahnsen, Paoli Farmers Co-op manager, said he was surprised by how early some area farmers were able to start harvest. Just last week he thought he would have the Fourth of July off, a rare treat for local producers, but that was not the case.
“Mother nature always wins,” Bahnsen joked. At the Paoli Co-op, Bahnsen said they saw about 3,000-4,000 bushels on Friday, July 4, and up to 20,000 bushels by Sunday, July 6. He expects the harvest to be in full swing by the weekend.
Shawn Dalton is hard at work in Gabe and Ron Hubbard’s combine, cutting Mark Groshans’ wheat about three miles west and two miles north of Holyoke as the wheat harvest is officially under way. —Photo by Joanie Groshans
Grainland Co-op grain merchandiser Steve Young said that while the harvest is just 5 percent complete, he is seeing promising numbers as the harvest picks up. Both co-ops reported excellent figures with test weights coming in near 62 pounds per bushel. With the standard being 60 pounds per bushel, this year’s harvest is set to be above average, according to early reports.
While Young said it is still too early to put a number to the bushels per acre, Bahnsen said Paoli is seeing loads come in between 45 and 55 bushels per acre.
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