July 22, 2011 Colorado Winter Wheat Harvest Report

Colorado Winter Wheat Harvest
(July 22, 2011)

On Monday, July 18, USDA estimated that the Colorado winter wheat crop was 53 percent harvested, compared to 35 percent last week, 57 percent last year, and the five year average of 64 percent.

Most harvest in the state should be wrapped up by the end of the weekend if the weather holds, with areas along the Front Range, the northeast corner of the state, and the higher-altitude Genoa and Limon areas extending into next week. Some areas near Fort Morgan have also been delayed by rain.

CHS Yuma estimated harvest in their area to be about 75 to 80 percent complete. Moisture content averaged 10 percent, test weight averaged 60 pounds per bushel, and protein content averaged 10.8 percent. Yields were mostly in the 50 to 60 bushel per acre range. Steve Klee said farmers who had moisture in the fall are seeing yields in the 50 bushel per acre range, and farmers who didn’t get rain last fall and had poor stands are seeing yields of 25 to 35 bushels per acre. He estimated they would take in about 80 percent of the total winter wheat they took in last year. He thinks that if the weather holds the area will be 99 percent done with harvest by Monday.

A Yuma area family farmer said her family wrapped up harvest yesterday. Their test weights had been 59 to 60 pounds per bushel, moisture content averaging around 11 percent, and yields averaged about 35 bushels to the acre in wheat that had been hailed, and 50-55 bushels to the acre in wheat that wasn’t hailed.  Protein content had been 11 to 12.5 percent.

Grainland Haxtun estimated harvest in their area as 75 percent complete. They said yields in the area were still good, ranging from 50 to 60 bushels to the acre. Moisture content averaged 10.23 percent, test weight averaged 59 pounds per bushel, and protein averaged 9.82 percent.

A Haxtun wheat grower was about 75 percent done with harvest on his farm, and estimated he had two days yet in the field to wrap up. He was still seeing yields of 50 to 60 bushels to the acre. Test weights on their farm ranged from 58 to 59 pounds per bushel. Moisture content was 11 percent, and protein in his hard white wheat was 12.8 percent, and 10.8 percent in his hard red wheat.

Another Haxtun area farmer was about 50 percent done with harvest on their farm, and had seen 50-60 bushel to the acre yields, and test weights of 56-59 pounds to the bushel. They anticipated their farm average yield being higher than last year.

CHS Otis said harvest is about 80 percent done in their area.  They had seen an average of 9.5 percent moisture content, test weight averaging 61 pounds per bushel, and a protein average of 10.2 percent.

A wheat grower near Otis had finished harvest yesterday, with a farm average of 31 bushels per acre, test weights of 59 to 60 pounds per bushel, moisture content ranging from 9 to 12 percent, and protein ranging from 10.5 percent to 11.4 percent.

Roggen Farmers Elevator said harvest was 50 percent complete for their area. Many farmers in the area had received rain on Tuesday and Wednesday and so things had slowed down at the elevator. Yields were above 40 bushels to the acre, moisture content was in the 10 to 11 percent range, test weights were 57 to 58 pounds to the bushel, and protein averaged 11.3 percent.

A Roggen area farmer said some showers Wednesday and Thursday night had slowed their harvest down a bit. They are about 33 percent done with harvest on their farm, have had moisture contents of 10 to 13 percent, test weight was around 56 pounds per bushel, protein was 11.7 percent, and they cut one field of Hatcher that averaged 51 bushels per acre and were cutting another field of Hatcher which was ranging from 50 to 55 bushels per acre on the yield monitor.

An Orchard area farmer had been held up by rain this week, with .5 inch on Tuesday evening and another .5 inch Wednesday evening. As of Thursday, they had only been able to cut a few fields. They had seen test weights of around 58 pounds per bushel, and protein of 13 percent in an irrigated field they harvested for a neighbor, but yields were “all over the place.” They were hoping to find some fields that were dry enough to harvest on Thursday afternoon.

Cargill-Byers said harvest for their area was 70 percent complete.  Moisture content averaged 11 percent, test weight averaged 59.4 pounds per bushel, and protein averaged 11.1 percent.

A Bennett area grower was about two thirds done with harvest between his farm and the farm he harvests with his neighbor. He had been seeing moisture content of 10-11 percent, test weights of 62 pounds per bushel in the variety AP503 and 58-59 pounds per bushel in Hatcher, but yields of 45-50 bushels to the acre in the Hatcher and yields in the mid-30s in the AP503. Protein was 8 to 9 percent in the Hatcher and 11 percent in the AP503.

Test weight at the Genoa/Flagler/Arriba Coop averaged 60 pounds per bushel, with protein averaging 10.8 percent. Moisture content was 10 percent. Harvest is 50 percent complete in Genoa, 70 percent complete in Arriba, and 90 percent complete in Flagler. Yields ranged from 19 bushels to the acre in wheat that had been hailed, up to 70 bushels to the acre.

A wheat grower from near Genoa was cutting wheat with moisture content of 10.5 to 13 percent, test weight of 60-62 pounds per bushel, and yields ranging from 30 to 50 bushels to the acre. His farm was about 25 percent done with harvest. They had showers on Wednesday and Thursday, and were only able to cut two loads on Thursday before it rained just enough to stop harvest. They were hoping to be out harvesting by 10:00 a.m. this morning.

On July 12, USDA raised the Colorado winter wheat estimated yield to 36 bushels per acre from the earlier estimate of 32 bushels per acre, for total production of 72 million bushels, with 2 million total acres harvested. This estimate compares with 105.75 million bushels produced in Colorado last year and the 10-year average of 67 million bushels. The next update of the estimated yield in the Crop Production Report will be August 11.

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