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Spring Wheat Harvest in the Washburn Area


It's September and combines are still rolling in the wheat fields.
Ag Reporter Sarah Gustin takes you to Washburn for this year's spring wheat harvest.

It's been a challenging year no doubt.
A wet spring and lack of heat this summer has put harvest behind schedule.
(Rick Tweeten / Farmer) "We are usually done and packed up by now. Custom combiners, some are pulling out and going to Kansas cut corn. We are usually done or almost done by the 3rd or 4th of September."
Rick Tweeten farms in the Washburn area.
This crop was planted around the 7th of May. 
About 2 1/2 weeks behind the usual start day. 
(Sarah Gustin /sgustin@kxnet.com) "All the wheat you see here is grown for seed. Tweeten estimates they have about 200 acres of seed wheat left before moving into the commercial wheat."
(Rick Tweeten / Farmer) "Spring wheat, the yields are above average. For this year, what was early it was above average. We have some later stuff that was seeded the last half of May. When you get into that you are never sure. It's probably not as great as this early stuff."
Tweeten has been combining wheat for about 10 days.
And the yield has been worth the wait.
He says this high quality crop is running above average.
(Rick Tweeten / Farmer) "Quality is good. Test weights are up. We have had some 67 pound Glenn wheat. Talked to a couple neighbors yesterday, a few friends of mine, they said their other varieties are running 62-64. That's really good. Protein wise, the stuff that we have taken so far, protein has been good." 
Tweeten hopes to finish wheat harvest as soon as possible because the days are getting shorter and the nights are cool and wet.
(Rick Tweeten / Farmer) "It's getting late, the days are getting shorter and even when you do get going it's not till noon. And even if it does rain it doesn't take one day to dry it out anymore it takes two." 

Tweeten says the rains in the past two weeks have really helped the row crops. 
He says right now the corn, soybeans and pinto beans look to have a lot of potential. 


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