(NEAR BENTLEY, Kan.)
The Kansas wind brings in the heat, and the wheat harvest. Thursday marked the beginning of it for parts of South Central Kansas, days behind schedule.
Any farmer will tell you: you don't cut based on the calendar week. You harvest based on the look of the wheat.
"It just depends on the weather," said Ryan Speer. "You never know when you're going to get to start." And from his combine seat, Speer has a good view.
The sandy soil of his wheat fields in June makes it hard to believe there was a rainy May. And that made for rain-dampened expectations. "You know, I guess my expectations a month, month and a half ago was 30, 35 bushel an acre. It's bumping 40 to 50."