2018 Colorado Wheat Harvest Update

The USDA Colorado Crop Progress and Condition Report for the week ending July 1 reported that the winter wheat in the state is 21% harvested. This is up from this time last year when 11% was harvested. The report ranked winter wheat as 5% very poor, 18% poor, 29% fair, 41% good and 7% excellent.

Producers and grain elevators in Prowers and Baca Counties reported that harvest started around June 18, which was much earlier than anticipated in this part of the state. Yields have been ranging from 10-45 bushels per acre in Baca County and 25-45 bushels per acre in Prowers County. Elkhart Co-Op in Springfield reported average test weights to be 60 pounds and average protein at 10%. This region is estimated to be 80% complete with harvest.

Near Cheyenne Wells, harvest started to pick up around the last week of June. Cargill in Cheyenne Wells reported yields have been around 35-40 bushels per acre. Test weights have been ranging 58-60 pounds, with protein ranging between 8-17%. There has been some rain near the state line, which is causing delays. This area expects to be cutting for another week.

Lincoln and Kit Carson Counties started cutting during the last week of June. Both areas reported hail damage. Frontier Ag in Burlington said test weights have been around 59-60 pounds, with protein ranging from 9-15%. Flagler Co-Op reported an average test weight of 58 pounds with 11% protein at its locations in Flagler, Arriba, Genoa and Hugo. This area is approximately 50% complete with harvest.

Harvest in the Byers and Deer Trail area started around June 27. This area has also had severe weather. Cargill in Byers reported test weights ranging from 56.5-63 pounds and protein has ranged anywhere from 7-18%. Cutting started around July 1 further north in the Roggen area. Roggen Elevator reported test weights around 57-58 pounds, with protein around 11-12%.

Harvest started in parts of Washington County around July 1. This area has also had hail. CHS in Otis reported test weights ranged from 52-65 pounds with protein ranging from 8-13%. There is some wheat in the area that is still green.

Harvest in the northeast corner of the state is around 20% complete, with a lot of wheat still green. CHS Grainland in Holyoke reported test weights around 60 pounds, with 9.5-10 % protein.

Results for CSU Variety Trials are also being posted. Results can be found here

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