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Harvest Moves North Finally

It’s been right at a week since the area wheat harvest got underway. A check of the harvest progress in the Beloit and eastern half of Mitchell County areas shows producers have been cutting, but only those with fields south of a line east and west starting about 5-miles south of Beloit. Those with fields north of that line took their first tentative steps just yesterday.

Farmway Coop Central Hub Manager Alan Tillberg said the line separating those who have been cutting and those who just got started was determined by Mother Nature.

6-24-10 TILLBERG CUT

Tillberg said test weights range between 58-and-61 and the wheat has been dry. He also said there has been a wide range in protein levels 10-to-14%.

As for the Strip Rust impact – Tillberg said it’s easy to identify the producers who used a fungicide because their wheat is testing a couple of pounds heavier.

Tillberg estimates the producers in his service area have about 25-to-30% of their harvest completed.

I also traveled to Lincoln County yesterday where I talked with Vesper area farmer Richard Ancell.

Ancell’s harvest crews started cutting this past Monday and have brought in a crop yielding a whopping 60-bushels an acre. Ancell says some fields brought in nearly 70-bushels an acre.

6-24-10 ANCELL CUT

Ancell says he’s got a good crop and so far he’s been happy with Mother Nature saying, “We’ve really dodged the bullet so far.”

Ancell says, if the weather holds, he could be done cutting by the weekend. He estimates producers in his area are 30-to-40% done.

About Mike Schrant

Mike is one of those guys who has spent nearly a lifetime trying to figure out what he wants to do when he grows up. He has split time as a broadcaster and educator having first worked in radio in the early 1970’s while attending junior college. The two careers are directly connected because many of the 25 years as an educator were spent teaching broadcast journalism at the high school and college levels. Mike is married and has three adult children (no grandchildren yet) and enjoys sports, debating politics, gardening, landscaping-hauling rocks, and swapping stories with the "good old boys".