Scoular's Salina, KS Facility Sees Huge Harvest
June 25, 2009
Wheat’s Good, and There’s Lots of It
SALINA, KS – (Portions of this article reprinted courtesy of Salina Journal and written by Duane Schrag)–Wheat harvest is moving into full swing in Saline County and the crop looks so good some people are afraid to talk about it.
“I hate to even say,” said Tom King, a merchandiser at The Scoular Company elevator, when asked what yields farmers are seeing. “They are just huge, way bigger than anybody thought.” When pressed, he said some farmers are reporting yields as high as 80 bushels an acre. Test weights are 60 pounds a bushel or better.
Three consecutive 100-degree days — the National Weather Service station at Salina Municipal Airport registered 104 on Monday — combined with light to brisk winds have long since dried wheat heads soaked by Sunday’s rain. That storm dropped anywhere from 0.5 to nearly 2 inches (near New Cambria) of rain.
Rain was much heavier in southeast Dickinson County: more than 3.5 inches fell north of Herington. Scattered thunderstorms rumbled through central Kansas before dawn Wednesday but didn’t add much new moisture. Wheat is considered dry if its moisture content is 13 percent or less.
So the wheat is dry but some fields aren’t. “They’ll fight that for a while in places,” King said. “It’s all ready to cut if they can go on the ground.” King said the elevator has been taking in grain for five days, with Wednesday being the heaviest so far. “It will probably peak out in the next three or four days,” he said.
King estimated that area harvest is about 30 percent complete.