Colorado wheat booming, but rain slowing harvest

STERLING — Rainy weather on the Eastern Plains is slowing this year’s wheat harvest. But the harvest is almost double what it was last year.

The (Sterling) Journal-Advocate reports that northeast Colorado farmers have lately seen just a few hours a day dry enough to harvest.

The Colorado Wheat Administrative Committee estimated this week that 52 percent of the state winter wheat crop had been harvested.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture released a crop production estimate on July 11 that said Colorado’s winter wheat production is expected to be 86.4 million bushels. That’s almost double the 44.3 million bushels produced in 2013.

According to the National Weather Service, weather conditions for harvest should improve by this weekend.


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