July 10, 2009 Paul Hay, Extension Educator in Gage County: Wheat harvest is wrapping up in southeast Nebraska with yields of 0-75 bu/ac. Baring hail injury, the crop was 45-75 with small berries and high test weight. Wheat is a viable crop in portions of southeast Nebraska in part because the stubble is a great place to plant no-till corn. The dryland corn crop starts at harvest with a good stubble, straw and chaff spread, and good weed control.
Robert Klein, Western Nebraska Crops Specialist, West Central REC: Winter wheat harvest in the Edison area is 25-33% complete as of Thursday morning. Rainfed fallow yields have ranged from 60 to more than 80 bu/ac and in continuous cropping, 50 to 60 bu/ac. Test weights are 61-62 and protein is 10-12% with an average of 11-11.2%. In the McCook area less than 10% of the wheat has been harvested with rainfed yields of 60-80 bu/ac. At Imperial the harvest is just getting started. Harvest is about 25% complete in the Benkelman area and protein has ranged from 9% to 14% with test weights of 60 to 63. A train loaded this week had 12.4% protein and 61.17 test weight.
Haskell Agricultural Laboratory, Concord: Hail and high winds in northeast Nebraska this week damaged crops and some farm/irrigation equipment.