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Winter wheat mixed as SD harvest begins


The quality of winter wheat is mixed as harvest begins in South Dakota.

In the central part of the state, in Onida, Oahe Grain Corporation’s general manager Tim Luken says the crop is short.

“It’s been in the 58 to 60 pound range, but the protein is averaging 15%, on the high side and yields are disappointing, ranging from 20 to 40 bushels per acre so far. Last year, he says farmers had yields between 70 to 100 bushels per acre.”

Luken says up until 10 days ago, it was a dry year for the winter wheat and now, some much-needed rains are helping the crop.

Winter wheat mixed as SD harvest begins