The latest government update shows the 2015 winter wheat harvest is almost done in some parts of Kansas, and making good progress everywhere else. The National Agricultural Statistics Service finds the harvest statewide is 79 percent finished. That is ahead of the 66 percent cut at this time last year, but still behind the 83 percent average. as of Sunday 90 percent of the wheat fields in southeastern and central Kansas had been cut. South-central Kansas was close behind with growers there 88 percent done with cutting. Northwest Kansas trailed last with just 55 percent of the harvest finished, largely slowed up by rain. Just five percent of the crop still needs more time in the field.
A second harvest is underway in some fields in western Kansas to remove the stubble left after wheat is cut. Farmers within a 100-mile radius of Abengoa’s biomass plant in Hugoton are getting paid to let a company come and bale up their straw to be turned into cellulosic ethanol.