The freeze, too, may have been an advantage. “It may have delayed the crop a bit,” he said. “Typically, that delay would have been bad, but this spring, the delay was an advantage. We came out okay; the crop tillered back and we had a good spring for a delayed crop.”

Scholz said reports from farmers south of Dallas, indicate lower yields, 40 bushels or so. “I think they had more freeze damage,” he said. “Damage seemed to be worse west of Interstate 35.”

Farmers in Northeast Texas had some harvest issues, combining around some spring rains, but most said the late rain was not a detriment. “It didn’t hurt us,” Scholz said.

Near Leonard, Texas, Ronnie Lumpkins said yields from the last fields harvested were “dropping off a little. We may be down by 12 bushels per acre, close to 87 bushels per acre.”

He admitted that he never thought he’d be complaining about yields falling to almost 90 bushels but he added that after cutting fields with better than 100 bushels per acre, he could tell a difference.

“Most of our wheat is good,” he said. “Overall, it’s the best average yield we’ve ever made.”

He expected to combine his last 300 acres within two days.

“Most growers in the area say this is their best average yield,” Swart said.

“I thought it was going to be a good crop early on,” Lumpkins added. “But then I was thinking maybe 65 bushels per acre. That freeze may have helped.”

Swart checked by phone with several other growers and reported average yields from the mid-80 bushel range to the low 90s.

“Once again, we have an excellent crop,” he said. “We had two years in a row of good crops, but this may be the best ever. Yield average in the mid-70-bushel range into the 90s is something we don’t see around here too often.”

Lumpkins said he may not see another year like this one, but he allowed as how he said the same thing last year.