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Friday, 22 July 2011 15:52

FVC’s Myles West, at right, empties grain from a truck owned by Craig and Jo Fanning. (Wauneta Breeze Photos | Josh Sumner)


By Josh Sumner

The Wauneta Breeze

Wheat harvest in full swing at Frenchman Valley Co-op in Wauneta.

Activity at the Frenchman Valley Co-op elevator in Wauneta picked up in recent days, as hot weekend weather finally allowed area farmers to cut their crop.

245 trucks delivered wheat loads to the elevator over the weekend, with 132 and 113 arriving on Saturday and Sunday, respectively. It’s remained steady since the end of the weekend. 167 trucks delivered wheat on Monday, this season’s peak day, followed by 157 on Tuesday.

547,300 bushels of wheat have been delivered to the Wauneta FVC location up until this point. Last year, the Wauneta FVC elevator received 877,000 bushels of wheat. By contrast, in 2009, 1.18 million bushes made its way to the elevator.

Average test weight of what has been taken in so far is about 58.7 pounds per bushel. Moisture has been measured at an average of 10.8, with protein levels on the low end, averaging 11.04.

“I don’t think the numbers will be there this year, but I might be surprised,” said Wauneta FVC Branch Manager Monty Mays. “I don’t know if we’ll take in that much, with all the hail that hit.” Mays said less dry-land wheat acreage can also be part of the reason numbers are down from two years ago.

Harold Nordhausen was still busy cutting wheat on Tuesday.


“Between the hail and the overall weather conditions this year, it’s affected the test weights,” said Mays. “But some fields have done real good.”

Hail crippled the crops of many area farmers again this year, often times diminishing the quality of the wheat.

“It’s not bad wheat, but the yield that was there at one time was greatly reduced,” said Mays. “Up until our typical Father’s Day hail storm, things were looking pretty good.”

According to Mays, the removal of a dock that used to sit in front of the shop located west to the FVC office has helped give truck drivers better access to the elevators. Not only do individual trucks have more room, more can get in line as they enter the elevators.

“Our guys do excellent quality work,” said Mays of his employees. “I’m real pleased with the crew I have right now.”

Mays said he is hoping for continued warm weather, and expects the action to slow down at the elevator early next week.

“There are still a lot of wet fields,” said Mays. “A lot of the wheat is not getting much sun light, and it’s so saturated that it doesn’t get much air. It’s taking a little longer for it to dry out.”

Dry weather early in the season was followed by timely rain, said Mays. Heavier-than-expected precipitation in the recent weeks has slowed farmers’ ability to cut their crops.

Mays said the new grain bin which sits east of Main Street is getting plenty of use this year, which had only been used to hold corn previously.

Cash wheat closed at $6.94 a bushel on Tuesday, with new crop coming in at $6.96. Corn closed at $7.18 ($6.34 for new crop).

Last Updated on Friday, 22 July 2011 15:56