Colorado Winter Wheat Harvest Report, June 25, 2012

June 25, 2012

Colorado winter wheat harvest exploded over the weekend with temperatures over 100 degrees on Saturday and Sunday and temperatures are forecast to be over 100 degrees for most of the week on the Eastern Plains.

The Colorado winter wheat crop is now approximately 50 percent harvested.  USDA will issue a harvest update at 2:00 p.m. (MT) today.

The Walsh area is almost completely harvested but about 30-40 percent of the wheat crop remains to be harvested in the Springfield and Lamar areas according to Joe Westhoff, fieldman for the Colorado Wheat Administrative Committee who was touring the area on Monday morning.

Cargill in Cheyenne Wells reported that harvest is winding down in that area with approximately 90 percent of the crop harvested.  Test weight is averaging 59.6 pounds, protein is averaging 11.3 percent and yields being reported are in the 30-50 bushels per acre range. A wheat producer harvesting in Kiowa and Cheyenne Counties said that his yields were in the 20-40 bushel range with average yields in the low 20 bushel per acre range in Kiowa County and in the low 30 bushel per acre range in Cheyenne County.  Yields being reported are higher north of Cheyenne Wells compared to south of Cheyenne Wells.

The Burlington area is 70 percent harvested according to Cargill in Burlington with test weight averaging 60.8 pounds, protein averaging 11.8 percent and yields averaging 40-45 bushels per acre.  A wheat producer southwest of Burlington who is done with harvest said he averaged 45 bushels per acre.  A wheat producer east of Burlington reported the hard white winter wheat variety Thunder CL averaged 63 bushels per acre and test weight averaged 62 pounds.

The Flagler area is 60-70 percent harvested, Arriba area is 40 percent harvested and the Genoa area is less than 20 percent harvested according to the Flagler Equity Coop.  Test weight is averaging over 60 pounds, protein is averaging in the low 11 percent range and yields are averaging 40-50 bushels per acre.

The Stratton Equity Coop at Idalia reported that area is 85 percent harvested with test weight averaging 62 pounds, protein averaging 11 percent and yields averaging over 50 bushels per acre.  A wheat producer in the Idalia area reported an average yield of 60 bushels per acre with an average test weight of 62 pounds.

Grainland Coop at Haxtun reported that area is 80 percent harvested with test weight averaging 60.8 pounds, protein averaging 10.9 percent and yields averaging about 40 bushels per acre. .

Grainland in Julesburg reported that area is 85 percent harvested with test weight averaging 62 pounds, protein averaging 11.8-11.9  percent and yields averaging 35-40 bushels per acre.

Cargill in Byers reported that area is 40 percent harvested with test weight averaging 60 pounds, protein averaging 11 percent and yields averaging 25-35 bushels per acre.

Roggen Coop reported that harvest got started over the weekend in that area with the crop only 10-15 percent harvested with test weight averaging 60 pounds, protein ranging from 10-14 percent and early yields ranging from 3040 bushel per acre range.-

Commerce City Grain reported that their drawing area is approximately 50 percent harvested with test weight averaging 61 pounds, protein averaging in the low 11 percent range and early yields averaging in the 40 bushels per acre range.

USDA on June 12 projected Colorado winter wheat production in 2012 at 87,750,000 bushels, up 13 percent from 78,000,000 bushels produced last year, and up 29 percent from the 10-year average crop of 68,230,000 bushels.  The estimate for the 2012 Colorado winter wheat crop is based upon 2,250,000 acres being harvested with an average yield of 39 bushels per acre.  This compares with 2,000,000 acres harvested last year and the 10-year average of 2,070,000 acres harvested and an average yield of 39 bushels per acre last year and the 10-year average yield of 32.2 bushels per acre.  An estimated 2,400,000 acres were planted last fall for harvest in 2012, compared with 2,300,000 acres planted for harvest in 2011 and the 10-year average of 2,395,000 acres planted for harvest.

On June 29, USDA will release the latest acreage report, estimating planted acres and harvested acres for Colorado and the U.S.  On July 11, USDA will release its updated forecast of yields and production.

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