Last updated: May 22. 2014 12:26PM - 534 Views
by Michael Bush, managing editor fbush@civitasmedia.com

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The Planters Coop reported today that they have received the first area wheat of the season.

According to Planter’s manager Chico Perez, they received their first wheat on Wednesday, harvested by Erby Hunter and Steve Allison near Hess. This morning, they received their first load from the same farm.

Although the area is in a drought condition, some local areas have received more rain than others during the growing season. Perez said that the wheat received Wednesday had both a good moisture content, 10.8, as well as a good test weight of 58.

The first load, received today, was said to have a high protein level of 17. Perez said this number is usually around 10-12. “It could be because of the drought conditions condensing it,” Perez said.

“It’s too early to tell right now how the rest of the wheat is going to look,” said Perez. “This is an early sample. The local wheat harvest probably won’t get into full swing until the last of May or early June.”

Perez also said that he knew some of the local fields “didn’t do anything,” and that only time would tell in seeing if the rains we did receive actually helped local growers.

“This is going to be a difficult year,” he added.

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