Only 12 percent of Nebraska’s wheat crop has been harvested as of Monday, July 8, which is more than 75 percent behind last year. The normal pace, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service is 27 percent complete. Farmers are facing additional challenges with their wheat crop due to persistent drought conditions throughout the growing season causing below-average yields
The latest statewide outlook from federal forecasters rated 24 percent of Nebraska wheat as very poor, 26 percent poor, 31 percent fair, 18 percent good and 1 percent excellent.
Nebraska produces about 1.6 million acres of wheat each year with the majority of wheat grown in the southern part of the panhandle through southeast Nebraska. Wheat harvest is an annual event that moves across the U.S. from south to north. In Nebraska, harvest usually begins in early July and lasts until mid-August.
The wheat raised in Nebraska will be made into flour. From one bushel of wheat, a flour mill can make about 59 pounds of whole-wheat flour.
See what wheat harvest is like from inside the combine -