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Texas producer wraps up wheat harvest

Bob Beakley has wrapped up the 2009 wheat harvest season. Currently, Beakley and his son have cut about 1,275 acres of hard red winter wheat and 425 acres of soft red winter wheat, totally 1,700 acres.

Beakley's family operation consists of one combine and one grain truck. His son is typicially the only other individual who helps during harvest, except when they need to hire additional help to get the wheat harvested.

After experiencing freeze damage in April, Beakley lost about 50 percent of his crop. Although Beakley's average yield has been 35 bushels per acre, he was disappointed after receiving the late spring freeze.

"We are pleased with our yields and tests weights considering the damage we have received," Beakly said.

Beakley also mentioned that the weather has been dry for harvest, but could really use some rain for their other crops, especially corn.

Beakley and his son began harvesting on May 20, and finished on June 6.

Bob Beakley is a National Association of Wheat Growers Director, www.wheatworld.org, and is on the Board of Directors for Texas Wheat Producers Board and Association, www.texaswheat.org.

Lisa Brown can be reached at lbrown@hpj.com.



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