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Wheat Harvest Keeps Marching On in Blistering Weather

As harvest moves into true drought territory, fears about quality materialize

As harvest got under way this year, a lot of folks were worried about how the prolonged dry weather, combined with a sudden very hot, windy ripening season would affect quality.

Early on, it seemed that much of south and south-central Kansas had not suffered too much as test weights came in far better than expected, probably due to a prolonged period of cool nights in May.

But has harvest has progressed, in spite of spates of thunderstorms and hail, it has become clear that drought did take a toll and test weights will be below milling quality in much of western Kansas, even though protein levels are high and that might appeal to buyers looking to blend low protein crops from a couple of years ago.

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