|The bright blue sky and beautiful clouds against the green wheat made for a picture-perfect day in Kansas.|
earliest harvest ever, along with record temperatures for the spring. We started wheat harvest on May 26, Memorial Day weekend, last year.
It won't be early this year. The rule of thumb is that harvest will begin about 6 weeks after the wheat is headed. That hasn't happened yet.
freezing temperatures. When he broke open the stalks, he found some heads that were white and mushy, indicating freeze damage. (Click here for more on our own brand of wheat "surgery.") However, he also found heads that looked like they would continue to grow and produce grain for Harvest 2013, like the one shown below.
He hopes that there's a slow transition into summer temperatures. The wheat heads will fill better if it doesn't shift gears from freezing to 90 degrees over the span of a week or two.
Another farmer saying? "A lot can happen between a prediction and harvest."