At Oahe Grain Corporation in Onida, South Dakota, general manager Tim Luken is already seeing loads of winter wheat come to the elevator. “Average test weight is at 61.3 pounds and protein is at 14.2 percent. We’re two points higher on protein,” says Luken. “Going forward, yields may range from 35 to 50 bushels per acre. I’ve heard some yields as high as 60 bushels per acre planted on prevent plant ground. We’re not in the heart of harvest yet. In the next few days, harvest should be well underway.” The spring wheat is still struggling. Spring wheat harvest will begin in the next 10 days near Onida. “Some of it looks thin. My guesstimate on yield is zero to 25 bushels per acre at best. Farmers will have to harvest, because they didn’t get a lot of their acres released.”
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