Farmers could be test cutting wheat in Barber County as soon as Sunday.
It never fails – if wheat harvest is to start at the border town of Kiowa, typically the first location in the state to see truckloads of wheat – it would be on a Sunday, laughs Steve Inslee.
Inslee, general manager at OK Co-op Grain in Kiowa, said rain and cool weather has pushed back the Kansas wheat harvest a few days. He expected combines to be rolling full throttle by Tuesday.
Dan Cashier, general manager at Anthony Farmers Co-op at Anthony, said he expected to see some test cutting this weekend, as well.
“We’ll get cranked open next week,” he said.
Cashier said at present farmers are fighting mud as they cut canola, a crop harvested right before wheat harvest.
Some areas got hail, he said.
While better than the past few years when drought decimated the wheat crop, Cashier said “It’s not a bin buster.” He did project it should be a little above average.
According to the Kansas Agricultural Statistics Service, 60 percent of the state’s what crop is in good to excellent condition. The remainder is rated as 32 percent fair and 8 percent poor or very poor.
Inslee predicts a decent crop, as well. And, if the weather holds true, combines won’t have any delays. There is no rain in the forecast for the next 10 days.
“We’re pretty yellow down here,” Inslee said of the wheat. “We just need sunshine and wind and everything will be ready to go.”