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Earliest Wheat Harvest In Memory

Harvesting in May is rare indeed, but wheat is ready and combines roll

Sedgwick County farm wife Virginia Smarsh says she has been amazed at how early the wheat crop on the farm she works with her husband, Alan, is ready for harvest.

"My dad died this month, He was 95 and he told me the earliest he ever remembered cutting wheat was June 6," she said. "But its ready and it's looking good -- probably the best we have had in at least a couple of years."

That's in spite of the fact that they didn't apply fungicide to combat this year's heavy infestation of rust, she said.

"We talked about putting on fungicide and then it was a little too wet when were ready and then it was too late," Smarsh said.

Earliest Wheat Harvest In Memory

On May 29, she was driving the both the grain cart and the elevator truck.

"Usually, we have a nephew who helps during wheat harvest but he couldn't get off work today," she said, "So I have double duty."

She said their two sons have chosen "other directions" for careers.

The land the Smarshes farm has been in Alan's family for generations, she said.

Wheat harvest this year consists of two quarter-sections just north of their home, separated by the road that leads to the farmstead, plus a 30-acre field to the south of the house, she said.

"Chances are, barring any breakdowns or a change in weahter, we'll be done in three days," Smarsh said. "All the wheat is ready and the cutting is going really well."

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