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Early wheat harvest puts beans ahead of schedule

By on June 20, 2018 at 4:11 pm

A good yield of winter wheat is being harvested along Route 3 between Waterloo and Red Bud. Pictured, Dale Haudrich works a combine over the ripened golden wheat on Adrian Crook’s farm earlier this month. (Alan Dooley photo)

The winter wheat across Monroe County has been pushed to maturity and energetic harvesting by the heat that descended in May following an unseasonably cold April.

The wheat harvest is running about 10 days ahead of schedule this year, Gateway FS grain division manager Adam Parker said. It’s called winter wheat because it was planted at the end of the season last fall and emerged this spring.

“The product is pretty good – somewhat variable depending on location,” Parker said.

While the quality is a little less than the past two years, which were record production years, the price is up.

“We saw prices in the $4.30 to $4.50 per bushel range in 2016 and 2017,” Parker noted, adding, “that’s also being driven by drought and a poor harvest in Kansas as well as some problems with outputs in Australia and Russia.”

Relatively good grain output here, and problems elsewhere are in fact pushing wheat prices here above $5.30 per bushel.

Wheat quality depends on several factors…>>>

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Alan Dooley

Alan is a photojournalist -- he both shoots pictures and writes for the R-T. A 31-year Navy vet, he has lived worldwide, but with his wife Sherry, calls a rambling house south of Waterloo home. Alan counts astronomy as a hobby and is fascinated by just about everything scientific.