It's harvest time in the Wheat Capital of the World.
June 24 to June 30 report
South Central, Kansas is just three percent behind Central, Kansas for having the most Winter Wheat harvested in Kansas through June 30, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Ag Statistics Service.
Wheat harvest has crossed the half-way point in the Sunflower State, the winter wheat crop was turning color on 98 percent of the acreage, behind 100 a year ago and 100 average. Eighty-five percent of the crop was ripe, behind 100 last year and 92 average. The crop was 57 percent harvested, well behind last year's 99 and 67 average. Last week, only eight percent of Kansas wheat was cut. Conditions in the second week rated 25 percent very poor, 18 poor, 24 fair, 25 good, and 8 excellent.
In the South Central, Kan. region, there were 6.2 days suitable for field work, and as of Sunday, 76 percent of the winter wheat crop has been harvested.
June 17 to June 23 report
The numbers for the first week of harvest are in. As of June 23, wheat fields in South Central Kansas are 18 percent harvested, just off the pace set by the folks in South East Kansas who have 20 percent of their wheat cut. Expect South Central Kansas to have much more cut by the issued next report. Sumner County wheat fields are being harvested rapidly this week.
As for the entire state, the winter wheat crop was turning color on 92 percent of the acreage, behind 100 a year ago and 97 average.Forty-seven percent of the crop was ripe, behind 100 last year and 69 average. The crop was 8 percent harvested, well behind last year's 94 and 39 average. The condition rated 24 percent very poor, 21 poor, 27 fair, 24 good, and four excellent.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, farmers had, on average, slightly over five-and-a-half days of suitable field conditions to combine wheat last week.
The USDA also said in a report released on June 28, that winter wheat seeded in the fall of 2012 totaled 9.4 million acres across Kansas, down 1 percent from the previous year. Acreage for harvest is forecasted to be 8.2 million acres, down 10 percent from last year.