|Wheat harvest nearing end|
|Written by Kyle Arnoldy|
With the weather unable to decide if it wants to be cool and moist or hot and humid, many area farmers were forced indoors to wait out the wet wheat from Wednesday, July 16, through most of Saturday, July 19. By Saturday afternoon, some producers were back in the field, fighting through the rising temperatures as the wheat harvest gained steam once again.
Sunday, July 20, was accompanied by heat surpassing 100 degrees Fahrenheit and humidity around 20 percent as harvest greatly picked up at the tail end of the weekend.
Steve Young, grain merchandiser at Grainland Co-op in Holyoke estimated that the harvest is roughly 85 percent complete as of Monday night, July 21. He noted that it has been an unusual harvest. In most years the harvest is completed in 14-17 days, but this year the harvest has surpassed 20 days with a few more left before completion.
Brenda Heldenbrand demonstrates how to separate wheat dockage
Young stated that he expects the largest share of the harvest to reach completion by Thursday, July 24, with a few farmers needing an extra day or two. Shawna Mason, grain merchandiser at Paoli Co-op, said she believes the harvest is nearing 90 percent completion and is expected to wrap up at the end of the week.
Both sites report promising numbers. Mason said test weights have had an average of 62 bushels per acre and Young stated that weights have been in the mid-50s range. Grainland also saw wheat with moisture levels at 9-10 percent Sunday and Paoli reports levels at 13 percent.
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