Rains put a halt to wheat harvest
BELOIT – After large rains hit the area on Fourth of July, rescues took place in Saline County with 8.50 inches reported early Thursday morning. Clay County received 4.30 inches on Thursday, Marion County 5 inches and McPherson County 2.44 inches. Dickinson County also received flooding after 4.40 inches fell.
The rain continues today (Friday) putting a halt to some wheat harvest in Mitchell and surrounding counties. According to the National Weather Service, a 50 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms is forecast for Saturday with a high near 86 degrees and extends into Sunday with a high near 84 degrees.
Another 30 percent chance of rain is possible for Monday with a high near 87 degrees which extends into Tuesday with a 20 percent and a high near 91 degrees.
With harvest winding down in Mitchell County, the Beloit Elevator has reported a total of 680,000 bushels of wheat received as of Thursday night averaging 55-60 bushels an acre at 12.5 moisture and 12 in protein. Asherville has received 380,000 bushels; Scottsville 220,000 bushels.
Glen Elder has received approximately 2 million bushels of wheat ranging 40-70 bushels an acre and Tipton 420,000 bushels with a 55-75 bushel an acre range.
Osborne has received 380,000 bushels of wheat; Jewell 308,000 bushels.
Mankato had a slow start on harvest due to rainfall and have received 40,000 bushels of wheat at 60 per acre, 12-15 moisture and 12 protein. Randall has received 176,000.