Average yields for wheat harvest, but acres down

Wheat harvest is complete, and those farmers who planted wheat have seen average yields, according to Dan Dalinghaus, manager at the Sabetha location of Ag Partners Coop.

Yields ranged from 50 to 55 bushels per acre and test weights were 60 pounds, both of which are average.

However, those farmers who planted wheat are few and far between, as wheat acres planted are down considerably from years past, Dalinghaus said.

“We usually take in about 100,000 bushels of wheat, but this year if we end up with half of that, I will be surprised,” Dalinghaus said. “There is just no money or very little money to be made in wheat. If they [farmer] are paying cash rent, it is a losing proposition for sure.”

Soybeans are all planted, Dalinghaus said, and corn is reaching pollination stage, as most of it has tasseled.

“We have definitely lost some bushels off the [corn] yield with the heat and lack of moisture,” Dalinghaus said. “There is still potential there, but getting critical on water usage. The highest demand of water usage is at tassel and early ear development.”

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Amber Deters is Co-Editor of The Sabetha Herald, where she has been on staff since 2005. She specializes in school board, election and legislative reporting, as well as photography and page and advertising design. Amber is a 2005 Kansas State University graduate with a degree in journalism and mass communications, print journalism sequence. She lives in Sabetha with her husband and three children.

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