Colorado Wheat Harvest Report (July 20): Wheat Stem Sawfly Becomes a Concern

The July 20 Colorado Wheat Harvest Report is brought to you by the Colorado Wheat Administrative Committee.

Temperatures in the 90s and little rain allowed harvest progress at a rapid pace throughout Eastern Colorado last week.

According to the July 18 USDA-NASS Colorado Crop Progress Report, Colorado is 61% harvested.

Colorado’s overall crop condition was rated at 61% good to excellent, 26% fair, and 13% poor-very poor.

Here is a county-by-county breakdown of harvest progress:

Yuma County — This area is estimated to be 95% complete.

Test weights have averaged 59 pounds per bushel, with an average protein of 10%.

The average yield is around 60 bushels per acre.

Washington County — Harvest is roughly 90% complete, with an average test weight of 58.5 pounds and an average protein of 10%.

This area saw damage from the Wheat Stem Sawfly, and swathing took place to help producers mitigate losses.

Phillips and Sedgewick Counties — Harvest in this area is estimated to be 94% complete.

The average test weight has been around 59 pounds per bushel, with an average protein of 11%.

Yields have ranged between 35-75 bushels per acre.

There are also reports of damage to fields from the Wheat Stem Sawfly.

Logan County — Harvest is estimated to be about 50% complete.

The average test weight has been around 60 pounds per bushel, with an average protein of 11%.

Weld and Morgan Counties — Harvest is estimated to be 80% complete in Morgan County and the southern portion of Weld County.

The area has seen an average test weight of 58 pounds per bushel and an average protein of 12.5%.

Yields have averaged around 30 bushels per acre.

Wheat Stem Sawfly damage continues to be a concern and many fields were swathed.

In the northern portion of Weld County and closer to Colorado’s Front Range, harvest started to pick up toward the end of last week and is estimated to be 25% complete.

Preliminary numbers show test weights between 55-60 pounds per bushel and protein between 11-13%.

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