Wheat nearly completely cut in southeast Kansas, but rainy weather has delayed the end of harvest.
Wildcat Extension Agent Josh Coltrain said farmers in Montgomery and Labette counties are done or very nearly done harvesting, while Crawford County still has a way to go.
“We’re quite advanced in Crawford County,” Coltrain said. “Farmers aren’t done, but a lot of wheat got cut before the rain came.”
If rains lighten and farmers can return to their fields in the next couple days, Coltrain said wheat harvest could be done in less than a week.
Coltrain said wheat yield so far has been average.
“I’d say it’s average or above average,” he said. “I’m hearing upper 40s to mid 50s.”
Yield is measured in bushels per acre.
While the rain delayed the end of harvest season for wheat, it was much needed for corn and soybean crops.
“The guys who were done with wheat were real happy to see it, and I think folks who still aren’t done were happy, too,” Coltrain said. “It was a well-timed rain overall. Corn and beans really needed it.”
Coltrain said much more time without rain could have created issues with corn and soybean plants.
“Corn that’s getting to the tasseling stage really needed it,” he said. “That is an important stage in determining the yield.”
The rain does not look to be hanging around, though. The National Weather Service in Springfield, Missouri, is forecasting rain to move out of the Crawford County area by 9 a.m. Sunday.
Temperatures through the week are expected to be in the high 80s and low 90s.
— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.