DORRANCE — With afternoon temperatures hovering near the century mark, farmers almost have been able to head to the field soon after they’re finished with breakfast.
And with abundant rains over much of the area earlier this spring, the bounty they’ve been getting has been top-notch.
On Tuesday, a pair of John Deere combines worked their way through a field of wheat planted by the Kirk Brown farm of Russell. The combines in the field a little more than a mile east of Dorrance were transferring the golden kernels first into a grain cart and then into a pair of waiting semis.
Yields have been strong enough to keep the truck drivers busy.
“Doing good,” driver Terry Schmeidler, Walker, said of the wheat as he uncovered the hopper on his truck just prior to pulling onto the scale at the United Ag elevator in Dorrance. “Right at 63.”
As in 63 bushels per acre, he said, a good crop in almost anyone’s book — again thanks to the rains earlier this year.
That was the readout on the combine, he said, which normally fluctuates as operators make their way through a field of wheat.
The Kansas wheat harvest is spreading like wildfire in the summer’s heat and has made its way west of Hays. Some farmers now are wrapping up in south-central Kansas.
For the most part, the Kansas Wheat Commission — in its brief daily harvest reports — said yields have been running better than most farmers were expecting.