It's early, but Kan. wheat harvest shows promise

SALINA, Kan. (AP) -- It's early, but initial returns from the Kansas wheat harvest near Salina are giving farmers some hope.

West of Salina in central Kansas, farmers are reporting surprisingly good yields.

The Salina Journal reports Tuesday (http://bit.ly/KasDpn ) that test weights at one spot were at 60 pounds to the bushel and moisture content was nearly 14 percent. One farmer guessed his yield would top 50 bushels per acre -- about 10 bushels above his original estimate.

But it's too soon to know if such early numbers can be sustained and reverse the fortunes predicted earlier this month. Agriculture experts have said lack of rain, disease pressure and high temperatures would take their toll on yields.