With Drought Fears, The Wheat Harvest Begins in Kansas

By: From AP
By: From AP
The crop yields are not grading out well this year, but early reports show good quality and test weights as the combines roll.

Tom Farney cuts a test from a wheat field on Farney Farms near Hazelton, Kan., Wednesday, June 18, 2008. The test cut is taken to the local coop to check the moisture content. When the wheat is dry enough, harvest begins. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

WICHITA (AP) -- Combines have begun rolling over the first fields of winter wheat in south-central Kansas.

Early reports show good quality crops with decent test weights and protein levels even, though yields are expected to be down amid drought conditions. Farmers typically cut their best fields first.

Justin Gilpin at Kansas Wheat said Monday the wheat is so far along that within a week harvest activity will have begun as far north as Salina and out as far west as Hays.

The OK Co-op elevator in Kiowa has received about 30 percent of the crop with test weights averaging 62 pounds a bushel. At the Farmers Co-op in Wellington test weights are coming in at 61 to 63 pounds per bushel.

South Haven started cutting Friday and Sumner County started cutting Saturday.

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