With more than 20 inches of rain hitting the Dodge City area so far this year, the winter wheat harvest has gotten off to a slow start.
"Our southern and eastern facilities are about 75 percent complete," Pride Ag Resources operations manager Mike Schmidt said. "But here in the west it has been slow.
"We had a good day this past Saturday but it slowed on Sunday and Monday."
According to USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service, for the week ending June 25, 2017, winter wheat harvest was in full swing across the state. Winter wheat condition rated 8 percent very poor, 15 poor, 31 fair, 40 good, and 6 excellent. Winter wheat mature was 85 percent.
Harvested was 48 percent, behind 53 last year, but near 47 for the five-year average.
Schmidt added that along with rain, wheat streak mosaic disease has been an issue with this year’s yields.
"Mosaic is a disease where the crop looks good but it doesn't yield out as normal," he said.
The wheat streak mosaic makes its way in from volunteer wheat that is a host for the wheat curl mite that has been a problem for mostly western Kansas harvesters.
On the upside of things, Schmidt feels that if this week stays good then harvest could be complete not much after the 4th of July.
"The quality of yields is all over the board," he said. "Some have been good or as good as last year’s record crop and overall we should be good or above average.
"If this week continues the way its going I feel we will be in a good spot.
"It will be nothing like last year’s but will still be good."