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Colorado Wheat Harvest 2018
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
The July 16th USDA Crop Progress and Condition Report showed 80% of Colorado’s winter wheat harvested, compared to 56% on average. The report rated winter wheat in the state 47% good to excellent, 27% fair and 26% poor to very poor.
Harvest has come to an end in the southeastern part of the state. Tempel Grain in Wiley reported that they have been finished with harvest for about a week. Skyland Grain (Walsh and Vilas) reported that they were mostly finished, with a few farmers still finishing up.
Locations along I-70 should be finished with harvest by the end of the week. Flagler Coop reported to be about 90% complete at all of their locations. They reported an average protein of 12% and average test weight of 59 pounds. Cargill in Byers reported to be about 85% complete, however recent rains have caused delays. Average protein has been 11.5% and test weights have averaged 60 pounds.
CHS in Yuma reported to be 95% complete. Test weights have averaged 61 pounds, with average protein around 11%. Peetz Farmer’s Coop reported to be about 75% complete with harvest, but has seen delays due to rain on Monday night. Protein is averaging at about 11%, with 61.5 pounds as an average test weight.
CSU Crops testing has also released results for the Walsh, Yuma and Julesburg trials. Results can be found here.
Wednesday, July 11, 2018
The July 9th USDA Crop Progress and Condition Report showed 45% of Colorado’s winter wheat harvested. The five-year-average for this time is 28%. The report rated winter wheat in the state 52% good to excellent, 29% fair and 20% poor to very poor.
Skyland Grain, with locations in Walsh and Vilas, reported to be about 90% complete with harvest. The area received rain last week, causing some delays. Yields have been between 30-40 bushels per acre. They reported test weights around 58-59 pounds, with protein around 10-11%
Seibert Equity Coop reported to be approximately 90% complete with harvest. Test weights have been around 59-60 pounds, with average protein around 11.5%. Frontier Ag in Burlington expects to finish harvest over the weekend. Test weights in the area have remained around 59-60 pounds, with an average protein of 13%.
Roggen Farmer’s Elevator estimates to be about 70% complete with harvest in the Roggen area. They reported test weights between 58-59 pounds, with protein ranging from 11-13% and an average yield of 35 bushels per acre.
CHS Grainland in Holyoke reported an average test weight of 60 pounds and average protein of 10.5%. They estimate harvest completion to be at about 75%. Peetz Farmer’s Coop reports to be at approximately 20% completion, with a lot of green wheat still in the area. Test weights have been around 60 pounds, with protein ranging from 11-14%.
Friday, July 6, 2018
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