2019 Colorado Wheat Harvest Update

July 16th, 2019

According to the July 14th USDA NASS Colorado Crop Progress Report, Colorado is 22% harvested. Crop condition remains good overall, with 82% rated good to excellent, 14% fair and 4% poor to very poor. Many farmers and elevators have stated this is the latest they have ever seen harvest start, with it being 53% behind last year, and 36% behind the five year average.

Harvest is slowly starting to wrap up in the southeastern part of the state, where Baca County is estimated to be about 80% complete. Numbers are staying the same, with test weights ranging 58.5-60.3 pounds and protein ranging 10.5-12.5%.

Harvest started to pick up over the July 13th weekend further north in Kit Carson County. Elevators in the area have reported test weights ranging 63-65 pounds with protein ranging 10-13%. The area is about 25% complete, however rain has caused delays.

Washington County is seeing slow progress due to rain, as well as hail. Elevators reported an average test weight of 61 pounds and average protein around 10%.

Parts of Northeastern Colorado are starting to see activity. Farmers in Morgan County started cutting on July 15th. Farmers in the area reported yields ranging 40-60 bushels/acre, with test weights ranging 61-62 pounds. Elevators in Phillips County started seeing trucks come in on July 12 and activity continued to pick up over the weekend. Farmers and Elevators reported test weights ranging 59-61 pounds, with protein ranging 9.8-11.1%.

Farmers are starting to test cut in the northern part of Lincoln County, however there is still some green wheat in the area. Further west along the I-70 corridor in Adams and Arapahoe Counties, farmers expect to start cutting July 16th or 17th.

 

July 12, 2019

Colorado wheat harvest is continuing to progress and move north. Colorado is approaching 20% completion according to the July 12th U.S. Wheat Harvest Report.

Harvest in Cheyenne County is in full force, with an uptick in activity on July 11th. The area is seeing test weights ranging 59-61 pounds and protein ranging 10-11%. Yields have been between 50-70 bushels/acre.

Some farmers in Kit Carson County started cutting around July 6th, however elevators in the area reported activity picked up around July 11th. Preliminary numbers show test weights around 60 pounds, with protein ranging 9-12%. Elevators expect to see more activity over the weekend.

Washington County also saw activity on July 11. Elevators reported a preliminary, average test weight of 62.1 pounds and average protein of 9%. Producers in the Byers area expect to start harvest on July 15th, while producers in the northern part of Lincoln County expect to start around July 17th.

July 9, 2019

Harvest in Colorado saw some progress over the July 4th holiday and into the weekend. According to the July 7th USDA-NASS Colorado Crop Progress Report, Colorado is 10% harvested. The overall crop condition is 84% good to excellent, 15% fair, and 4% poor to very poor.

Harvest is still in full force in southeastern part of the state. Farmers and elevators in Baca County believe to be about halfway done with harvest. They reported yields between 40-60 bushels/acre, with test weights ranging 58.5-60.3 pounds and protein ranging 10.5-12.5%.

Harvest is progressing slowly in Prowers County due to high humidity in the area. So far the average test weight has been around 61 pounds, with average protein around 11%.

Harvest in Kiowa and Cheyenne Counties started to pick up on July 5th. Elevators reported yields ranging 50-60 bushels/acre, with test weights ranging 58-60 pounds and protein ranging 9-11%. Elevators noted that most of this wheat came from south of Cheyenne Wells. They expect northern Cheyenne County and southern Kit Carson County to start cutting mid-week.

There are reports that harvest has started in the southern part of Lincoln County. Preliminary numbers show yields between 30-50 bushels/acre, with test weights ranging 58-60 pounds and protein ranging 11-12.5%.

Northeastern Colorado anticipates harvest will start around July 15th at the earliest. 

July 3, 2019

According to the June 30th USDA NASS Colorado Crop Progress Report, Colorado is 1% harvested. This is 18% behind last year, and 8% behind the 5-year average due to cooler and wetter spring weather conditions. Crop condition remains very good overall, with 78% classified good to excellent, and only 17% in fair condition and 5% poor to very poor. 

Harvest in southeastern Colorado started over the June 29th weekend. Farmers and elevators in Baca County reported test weights ranging from 58-63 pounds and protein ranging from 8.8 – 11%. They also reported yields ranging from 30 bushels/acre on some hailed fields, up to 80 bushels/acre on dryland production.

Further north in Prowers County, some farmers started cutting on July 1. Very preliminary numbers showed an average test weight of 61.3 pounds/bushel and average protein of 12.7%. The area received rain on Monday night, which led to delays on Tuesday.

Cheyenne and Kiowa Counties have not seen much activity yet, but expect to start around July 4th or 5th. Northeastern Colorado is still running about 10-14 days later than normal.

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