Wheat harvest strong in central Nebraska

Wheat harvest is making progress in Nebraska. Harvest began June 26th around Superior in south central Nebraska. Once harvest started, the trucks have steadily rolling into Ag Rex Inc. In a interview with KNEB/Rural Radio Network, Merchandiser Bruce Tinkham says harvesting conditions have been excellent. He says once guys figured out that the wheat was dry enough they went from receiving 30 loads on the 26th to dumping 150-160 loads a day since.

Ag Rex Inc. gets its wheat from a 40 mile radius around Superior. Within that short distance, Tinkham says the impact of the drought has been quite variable. Yields are all over the board from 10 - 15 bushels an acre in the west to 60-70 bushels an acre in their eastern growing area.

Yields looks to average 35 - 40 bushels an acre. The eastern end of their territory produced lower protein but more bushels, with the western area has protein but did have the yield. Tinkham says they will have a pretty good mixture. Test weights will average 60 - 60.5, with 12 percent moisture and 12 percent protein.

Overall the crop got off to a good start last fall with timely rains. Through the growing season the crop had little disease pressure, the biggest negative factor was the drought. He says one farmer said one two inch rain made all the difference in getting 25 bushels an acre or what could have been 60 bushel an acre wheat.

With 70 percent of the region's wheat crop taken in, harvest will wrap up by July 15th. Tinkham just wants everyone to be careful in having safe and bountiful harvest.

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