Wheat harvest rolls on in Kansas this week, with the statewide harvest already more than half complete.
The Kansas Wheat Harvest Report, which compiles harvest information from all corners of the state, placed this year’s effort at 53 percent complete as of Sunday.
Average completion rate by June 10 is just 2 percent statewide.
Harvest began in southern Kansas May 22 and swept northward with the ripening crop, two weeks or more ahead of the usual schedule. Harvest had begun in places near the Nebraska border by last week.
On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture forecast the Kansas crop at 387 million bushels — unchanged from its May estimate but 40 percent more than the 2011 crop.
A crop of the size predicted would be Kansas’ largest since 2003, the harvest report said. Farmers are expected to harvest an average of 43 bushels per acre from 9 million acres across the state.