Nebraska Wheat Board Executive Director Royce Schaneman says the yields, test weights and protein levels all vary depending on what part of the state you’re in.
“The southeast part of the state tended to be a little drier than normal this season,” he says. “Their yields were a little lower, averaging in the mid-30s. Proteins there were a pretty strong, probably in the 11-to-12 range.”
Schaneman says western Nebraska has seen the best yields so far this season.
“We’ve seen everything from the 30-bushel range up to 80 bushels per acre,” he says. “We’ve got that variation but most of the yields so far are averaging in the mid-40s and proteins again are all over the board.”
Schaneman says protein levels have ranged anywhere from 7 to 17 percent. He also says this year’s crop appears to be in better shape than the last couple of harvests.
“Compared to years past, it looks like a pretty decent crop,” he says. “Yields should come in pretty close to average, that mid-40s, and our proteins should be up a little bit from what we’ve had the last couple of years. We’re hoping. We’ve still got a lot of wheat to cut but right now, maybe an average protein would be in that 10.5 to 11 range.”
Schaneman says one thing growers in the west will have to contend with is stem saw fly populations that are higher than normal. He hopes they’ll get the rest of the wheat out before there’s any lodging problems.
By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton