The wheat harvest is over in south-central Kansas and nearly over for the rest of the state.
Despite the ups and downs of the growing season, said a few of those involved in the harvest, it appears to be pretty close to last year's.
Final statistics are not yet available.
"It was an average harvest," said Gary Cramer, Sedgwick County extension agent.
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Average or nearly average would be a victory for the state's farmers. Because of heavy rains last fall, many farmers couldn't get all of their wheat planted until too late in the year. The number of acres planted was the lowest since 1957.
"If you're planting wheat to Christmas music, that's bad," said Dennis Metz, a wheat farmer in northern Sumner County.
Metz said he had yields between 50 and 60 bushels an acre in fields planted before Thanksgiving and 25 bushels an acre in fields planted after. Overall, he estimated, he came in at 42 bushels an acre.
Terry Kohler, general manager of the Farmers Co-op in Garden Plain, said the co-op's 11 grain elevators brought in about 4 million bushels — down slightly from last year.
"Our emotions went on a roller coaster," he said. "But in the end, we pretty much shook out where we were last year."
With the harvest over, farmers have turned their attention to fall crops — corn, soybeans and grain sorghum — which have only become more important in recent years. Many planted grain sorghum in the wheat fields immediately following the wheat harvest.
They welcomed the heavy rains over the past week.
Tom Beck, local manager of Mid-Kansas Co-op's Whitewater facility, said he took in about 75,000 bushels of wheat but expects in the neighborhood of 900,000 bushels of corn, beans and grain sorghum in the fall.
"On the wheat harvest, you're talking four or five days," he said. "The fall harvest is two, two and a half months. We lose our fall. We get maybe a day off."