June 28, 2010
The Kansas winter wheat harvest has passed the halfway mark, with farmers bringing in what's being called an above-average crop in yields and quality.
Kansas Agricultural Statistics Service reported Monday that harvest was 55 percent complete.
Justin Gilpin is chief executive officer of the trade group Kansas Wheat. He says that with favorable weather forecast for the next few days, the harvest should wind down this week across most of Kansas.
Gilpin also says the wheat has been averaging protein levels of about 12 percent -- the rough benchmark for domestic breads and for demand from other countries. That is easing early market fears prompted by low-protein wheat harvested in Texas and Oklahoma.