Wheat Harvest Coming Fast and Furious

Keith DeVoe, general manager of the Roggen Farmers Elevator in southeast Weld County, said Tuesday “we need a little rain right now just so we can catch our breath.”

That’s due to a bumper wheat crop that has been coming in so fast and furious since July 6 that DeVoe can’t move it, so he’s put about 200,000 bushels on the ground in a pile that’s about three stories high. The problem, he said, is that there just aren’t “enough trucks and man hours” to haul the bumper crop to flour mills.

According to the Colorado office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, about 50 percent of the winter wheat crop has been harvested statewide, but as much as 15 percent or more of the crop is not yet ripe. That compares with the five-year average of 98 percent ripe and 79 percent harvested by this date.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates the statewide average will be 37 bushels to the acre, but in southeast Weld, that will easily be exceeded with the average possibly approaching 50 bushels to the acre.

(Via: The Fence Post)

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