A GOOD wheat harvest is winding down in Northeast Texas where farmers had “adequate rainfall,” in April and May to fill out the crop. Yield reports indicated some areas producing 60 to 70 bushels per acre.
BRAD LUMPKINS is shown in one of the last fields harvested on the Leonard, Texas, farm he works with his father, Ronnie, and sister Lana. Some fields were cutting as much as 80 bushels per acre, he says.
COMBINE HOPPERS were filling quickly in Northeast Texas wheat fields.
DUMPING WHEAT from the combine to the trailer “on the fly” keeps harvest operations running smoothly. One of the main challenges for some wheat farmers was having enough trucks to move grain to market efficiently.
GOLDEN HEADS of wheat await the coming combine in a Northeast Texas wheat field.
GRAINS OF WHEAT flow from the trailer into a waiting truck to head to storage or market.
IN SPITE OF a dry March, Northeast Texas wheat farmers are harvesting exceptional yields, 50 to 60 bushels per acre averages in some areas.
JACK NORMAN, right, and his Grandson Tyler Norman take a short break from wheat harvest in Grayson County, Texas. Norman farms with his brother Alton and nephew Jay.
ONE LAST WEDGE of wheat remains to be cut in this Grayson County, Texas, field.
RONNIE LUMPKINS, Leonard, Texas, says most of his wheat fields were damaged a little from hail but yields are still coming in around 60 bushels per acre.
SCOTT STEWART, research technician at Texas A&M-Commerce, prepares an old combine to harvest a student project plot from a research field.
THE FINAL FEW fields of winter wheat are being harvested in Northeast Texas this week and farmers report good yields and good quality.
TYLER NORMAN moves the trailer into position to unload wheat into a waiting truck.
SouthWest Farm Press