Wheat harvest winds down


August 8, 2019

The grain harvest in the immediate Odessa area is heading into its final stages this week. Although it was delayed by a week or two because of spring weather, this year’s harvest of wheat, triticale, canola, dried peas and barley has exhibited good yields and good quality according to representatives of Highline Grain (formerly the Odessa Union Warehouse Co.) and the Odessa Trading Company.

Taylor Aaland, a merchandiser at Highline’s office in Odessa, told The Record that wheat began arriving at its Irby station on July 9. As the grain ripens steadily moving from west to east, trucks hauling into Odessa itself soon followed.

Now the harvest is progressing in the Harrington area and has already begun in some fields between Davenport and Reardan, although spring wheat in most areas is still quite green.

Mark Cronrath at Odessa Trading reports that hard red winter wheat was first delivered to the Ruff station on July 2. He also reports good test weights and good protein numbers.

Dryland yields have been running from the low 40s (bushels per acre) to the 60s, with a few fortunate farmers getting more than 70 bu/acre, Cronrath said. Irrigated grain has been coming in at 110 to 148 bu/acre.

Area farmers have told Cronrath that in general more moisture is needed for fall seeding, although some spots had sufficient moisture.


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