July 7, 2008- Later today- we will likely show that the 2008 Winter Wheat Harvest is virtually over- based on USDA NASS numbers in our weekly crop weather updates. As we think about the wrapping up of this year’s wheat crop- we had the chance to sit down and talk at length with Mark Hodges of the Wheat Commission about this 2008 crop- the good, the bad and the ugly. Click here to take a listen.
July 1, 2008- Two things to offer on this first day of the second half of the year- USDA’s crop weather updates show the following harvest percentages-
Meanwhile, we have the quality info from Mark Hodges of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission to this point- and the general themes you can draw from Mark is that you have a crop that had excellent grain filling weather that gave us lots of volume at the last minute- excellent test weights- especially before harvest rains came- but a crop that simply ran out of gas- or in this case- nitrogen. Protein levels have averaged below 11% in three of the four grainsheds that we have data on for thus far. Click here to take a listen to Mark’s full audio report.
June 30, 2008- Howdy Neighbors and Good Morning to you- we have a good audio recap of the 2008 wheat harvest across Oklahoma from Mark Hodges of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission. He tells us that we are now 90% done in the state for the 2008 harvest. Hodges says that the final acres to be cut are primarily those farmers with larger acreage that had limited access to combines here at the end of the harvest cycle- or those that have had to go slow because of ground that was very soft after the heavy rains about a week to ten days ago.
In recapping the 2008 harvest efforts- Hodges tells us that south of I-40 the two themes were high test weights and low protein levels. As we moved further north- we started getting some rain as we tried to cut the crop out- and that immediately started to bring down the test weights to more average levels. Protein did improve somewhat as we crossed into more northern counties in the wheat belt.
Yields were better than expected in most areas of the state- except for the Panhandle- where dry conditions in Beaver County and full blown drought in Texas and Cimarron Counties added up to almost no dryland wheat in 2008- the yields were extremely low to about half normal yields for irrigated fields.
CLICK HERE FOR MARK’S AUDIO REVIEW AS OF THIS LAST DAY OF JUNE!
June 27, 2008 We have received one report today- that from wheat producer Roland Peterson from north central Oklahoma. He tells us “We finished harvesting yesterday afternoon and the elevator at Burlington was closed at 6 o’clock last night so I am assuming that harvest is near completion if not done. The only thing that I was disappointed about was the test weights. We had some OK BULLET that tested over 60#. The rest of it was between 57 and 59. All in all it was one of our best harvests.”
June 26, 2008- 7 PM- We talked a few minutes ago with Mark Hodges of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission who says that he spent a good bit of his Thursday with the visiting South Africa wheat millers who were hosted most of the day by Oklahoma State University.
From the Sunflower State- We had good news from Kansas as their government agencies have tested the embargoed wheat in south central Kansas and found no trace of fungicide residue- which means Kansas has lifted that embargo. Here is the link to the news release from the Kansas Department of Agriculture.
June 26, 2008- Howdy Neighbors and Good Morning to you- Here is the latest word from Mark Hodges of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission- who believes we are now 85% done with the Oklahoma wheat harvest- click here for his audio summary
June 25 7:00 AM- We are expecting our next report from Mark Hodges late this evening or early tomorrow morning as he will be checking out late season harvest results from the Enid to Blackwell area today. And later today, Mark will be picking up a wheat buyer team from South Africa, who will be in Kansas earlier in the day. They will be spending time in Oklahoma this afternoon/evening into tomorrow.
June 25- Howdy Neighbors and good morning- not a lot of fresh information to report on Oklahoma harvest- it continues to dry down in the areas that need drier conditions which will allow us to get the remained of the crop out of the field. The biggest harvest story is north of us in south central Kansas where some 20 fields in seven counties- including a couple on the Oklahoma line- are facing a ban on movement until tests come back on residues of Quilt fungicide- which the Kansas Department of Agriculture says was used late in the season and that some farmers were harvesting before the date that was allowable. Here is the link to the News Release from the Kansas Department of Agriculture.
Dr. Bob Hunger of OSU says this is a reminder/warning to all producers to do the simple math and don’t try to harvest early when you apply these end of season chemicals.
June 24 6 PM- Here are some tidbits from Kay County as seen online from the Ponca City News
"The ground is wet and the wheat is dry," lamented Ryan Thomas, the general manager of the Blackwell Farmers Co-op Association.
With the harvest delayed due to weeks of intermittent rains, wheat kernels have shriveled with grain elevators reporting test moisture levels ranging from 9.5 to 12 percent. Test weights reported range from 52 to 59 pounds per bushel.
"Our customers have done not too bad," said Shelly Johns at the Ranch Drive co-op. On Sunday she reported moisture levels at 11-12 percent with test weights ranging from 56-59 pounds per bushel.
Two Rivers co-op reports 57-58 pound test weights at 11-12 percent moisture. The Braman elevator reports 52-56 pound test weights with moisture levels at 9.5-11.2 percent.
"We expect to complete about 70 percent of our harvest this week," said Thomas for Blackwell area farmers.
June 24- Howdy Neighbors and a Good Morning to You- the latest Crop Weather Updates are out- and they show the following harvest complete numbers here in the HRW belt:
Meanwhile, we have some quality stats from testing done by Plains Grains in the southern one third of the state for the 2008 crop- several positives including High Test Weights and High “1000 Kernel Weights.” However, the big negative that we have pointed out several times is the lack of protein- an southern one third average protein number of just 10.9% versus a normal number of 12 to 12.5% most years. We have the full audio report from Mark Hodges on these quality numbers- click here to take a listen.
June 23 High Noon- We had a couple of additional wheat harvest updates to report that have come in- one from the south central part of the state- Jim Rickey with Farm Credit Services in Pauls Valley offers this from Garvin County “You guys have forgotten about us down here in the South Central part of the state. We are almost finished with our wheat in Garvin county and some of it has beaten the 70 bushel mark. That’s along the Washita River on ground that would normally be in alfalfa.”
We also have a report from soggy Kay County where wheat producer Rex Reese offers this report- “After all the rain this past week, I was finally able to get back in the field on Saturday. The wheat is really bleached now and testing around 56 pounds per bushel- some grading #4 wheat. I don't know what the dockage is on this but it can't be good. But I am not complaining because there is wheat to cut and it looks like it is still making around 35 bu/A which is much better than the last two years, and the price is wild at over $8.00 bu. While some around me in western Kay County have started the harvesting process there is very little actually done here. The soggy fields are still causing problems with the harvest here.”
June 23, 2008- Howdy Neighbors and Good Morning! Harvest rolled over the last couple of days in most areas- but we are now doing it minus most of our custom harvest crews- who have left our state for the ripe fields of Kansas. Mark Hodges is guestimating that we are now 70% complete on a statewide basis- we will get the NASS computation of that this afternoon with our weekly crop weather update. You can click here to listen to Mark’s Monday morning report. By the way, the Oklahoma Wheat Commission has been showing a group of Brazilian millers around over the weekend- mostly in the north central part of the state.
June 22, 2008- The weather is giving us a break and we have had a lot of good drying conditions the last couple of days. We will be checking with folks and having hopefully some updated harvest info to pass along later this evening or Monday morning. Check back- and if you have something you can share with us on harvest- drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will share what is shared with us!
June 20, 2008- It has been a quiet day as far as harvest information is concerned. Most wheat farmers tell me it will be another day or more before those who are in the northern part of the state will be able to get combines running again. In the meantime, it’s fun to think about the gross worth of this 2008 crop- with a better year of production and history making prices- we have an almost certain record value for this 2008 crop in the state- Dr. Kim Anderson of OSU says it will likely be somewhere in the ball part of $1.3 billion! We sat down and talked with
Dr. Anderson about that- as well as marketing of this 2008 crop- and you can listen to his comments by clicking here.
June 19- 11 PM- We have a late night email from Ottawa County- as Brent Rendel says that he and other wheat farmers in that county in the far northeastern corner of the state have finally been able to let the combines roll- Brent tells us “Just a quick note from the NE corner. Wheat up around Miami finally reached maturity and fields dried enough to get started this week. A little test cutting was done late last week, but most farmers jumped in yesterday and today. Our first field averaged around 35 bu/ac but test weight struggled to reach 55. Had to expect that with nearly 14" of rain since the first of May (6" of that has been in the last 10 days). All-in-all, I'll never complain about 35 bu/ac even at a low test considering the beating we took up here last year.”
June 19 3 PM- We heard from Bob Dietrick from the Oklahoma Panhandle- and before the rains of Wednesday night- he did cut some wheat- here’s what he tells us “Cut a little wheat, dryland, in Beaver County and Texas County. One field was l6 bushels per acre and the other was 17 bushels per acre. Test weight was 60 and 58.4, better than I would have guessed as hot and dry as we have been. Guess it is good wheat breeding from the good folks at OSU. We had .95 in. rain last evening and during the night. Now we can finish planting milo, maybe.
Another thought on the dry conditions, I was out in a sandy field yesterday, the wind was calm, I was whistling to myself and the sand started blowing, it was so dry.”
June 19 4:30 AM- Good morning! We do have an interesting review of harvest from several different members of the Oklahoma Grain and Stocker Producers. We are in the middle of “beta” testing our new website look and feel- and we have placed this story on one of our new “pages.” It’s still a work in progress- so understand we have a ways to go to get it looking exactly like we want it- but here is the link to this update, courtesy of the Oklahoma Grain and Stocker Producers.
June 18- In a word RAIN! Very little being done as far as harvest goes- we do have a report from the Panhandle that combines are cutting wheat in Cimarron County.
June 17, 2008 10 AM- Several things to bring to your attention- first of all, we have the USDA harvest progress as of Sunday and issued yesterday afternoon-
(compared to the 60 to 65% number that Mark Hodges is using)
I got a report from Greg Leonard who farms in the Afton area of northeastern Oklahoma- and he says it is not a very happy scenario right now in Green Country- “Here in the Miami and Vinita area so far less than one day of harvest on ground that you couldn’t even walk over. The test weights are in the 54 to 56 range and going down daily with every passing rain. Many producers here are yet to ever get their open ground planted this spring because of the continuing rain since mid March and a lot of the corn has pour stands. At least last year at this time we all new we had no wheat after the Easter freeze and were trying to mud in soybeans into very late July and now this year we are trying to plant, replant, cut wheat, that we thought was going to be the best wheat in years, and then double crop the soybeans.”
June 17 9 AM- We have received some pictures from Saska Koch in the Weatherford area- and wanted to share them with you- This was from June 9th with the view of the storm (the second picture down) from the cab of the combine.
June 17, 2008- Howdy Neighbors- Good Morning! Here is the Tuesday morning Wheat Harvest report from Mark Hodges of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission- he gives us a rundown of the percentage complete in a variety of areas around the state- statewide, we are approaching the 2/3 complete mark. Click here to listen to Mark’s report!
Here are the numbers as described by Mark in this audio update:
STATEWIDE- 60 to 65% Harvested
Far southwest Oklahoma- Altus to Frederick up to Hobart- 95% done
Okarche- Kingfisher- 95% done
Anadarko, Chickasha, Alex, El Reno- 85% done
Piedmont- Cashion- 85% done
Watonga to Loyal- 75% done
Alva to Buffalo- 75 to 85% done
Woodward to Shattuck- 60% to 65% complete
Pond Creek, Hunter, Enid and Lahoma- 25% to 35% done
Stillwater north to Ponca City- 15 to 20% done
Blackwell area- Less than 5% harvested
and Guymon and Hooker in the Panhandle- 10% done.
June 16 9 PM- We had one report provided to us earlier today that I needed to share with you- from the relatively new County Extension Ag Agent in Kay County- Ryan Sproul. He emails us
“There is not much to report from here in Kay County, other than it is still wet, and with the clouds and few drops of rain falling, it might be several more days until harvest can kick off. There has been some wheat cut around Tonkawa and Blackwell in between the storms. I would guess that no more than 1,500 acres have been cut. It is too bad, as this year we have had a mild year as far as disease and insects go. Hopefully the weather will cooperate, and we can get going.”
June 16- 4:30 AM Howdy Neighbors and Good Morning to you! We have just reviewed Mark Hodges Monday morning report- and he tells us that we have a lot of folks that were able to get into the fields on Sunday in north central and northwestern Oklahoma- in many cases it was the latter part of the afternoon before that occurred- and then were finally knocked out later in the evening by thunderstorms- at least on a scattered basis. Click here to take a listen to the update provided this Monday morning by Hodges of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission.
June 14- Earlier today, we had Dr. Jeff Edwards, our state wheat specialist on as our guest on In the Field on KWTV News9. We talked about where we stand on wheat harvest as we approach the midday point. Click to take a look at our conversation.
On Friday- we had the chance to visit with Tom Glazier- Chairman of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission about how his harvest is going in the Loyal area- click and take a listen!
June 13 at 11 PM- We will have a couple of interviews that we will be posting in the morning- but tonight a quick note to wrap up the day comes from Burlington, Oklahoma and Keith Kisling. He writes “Harvest is in full swing the last two days. Test weight 57-61. Yields 40-60. Some hail on a lot of fields. Average crop.”
June 13 11:00 AM- We have a report that has been emailed to us by OSU Canadian County Extension Educator Brad Tipton- things seem to be going well in this Central Oklahoma county-
- Canadian County wheat producers lost 2 ½ to 3 days of harvesting from Monday until late Wednesday. Some growers in the southern parts of the county moved to their northern most fields because those fields received only 2 inches instead of the 4 inches of rain down south. Yields continue to be exceptional. On Sunday, one of the county’s grain buyers received a one day record and our coop said it was their second best day ever in terms of grain received (a combined 223,000 bushels of wheat)! The variety Overly continues to be the only ‘fly in the ointment’ because of its shattering issues. Another of our OSU SBNR on-farm case studies was a field of Overly cut yesterday. The farmer cooperator and I estimated that we lost at least 10 bu/ac due to shatter because of Monday’s storm. Three more producers ‘proudly’ touted their 100-plus bu/ac wheat yields on dryland wheat west of El Reno.
- However, my FSA Director and I both agree that Canadian County is only about 50-55% cutout as of today. Barring rain this weekend we will finish harvest by first of next week as custom harvest crews continue taking on additional Canadian County acres. They seem more than willing to cut in Canadian County because we have less mud to fight than do the counties to our north. One of my largest county wheat producers has two different custom cutters hired and neither crew has ever worked for him before. It seems like the best year ever to be a wheat farmer in Canadian County……record yields, record harvest price and so far decent harvest weather with a plethora of custom cutters at our beck and call. Harvest just doesn’t get any better than this if we can close the deal next week.
June 13- Howdy Neighbors and a Good Morning- We have the audio Wheat Harvest Report from Mark Hodges of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission now available- he reports harvest got going in at least some of the wetter areas in the Enid area and north and east of Enid- plus active in all other areas where wheat is ripe and ready. Click here to listen to Mark’s report- which includes some commentary on the the quality of this crop up to this point.
June 12- 9 PM- We heard from Dacoma Coop earlier today about how harvest is going in that part of Woods County- and the word is “Great!” They did dry up enough to cut wheat yesterday and were taking whet in from area farmers almost until midnight. Yields have been above normal- and the quality has been excellent as well. Manager Joe Royster writes us in an email this evening “I am on supper break and reading my e-mail. I would say the Dacoma area is close to 70% done with the yield ranging from 45 to 60 with early test weight 62 to 64 after the rain 58 to 60. We will cut three times more wheat (bushels) in this area than we have cut in the last 2 years.”
June 12- 7:30 AM- Howdy Neighbors and Good Morning- we have had computer challenges this morning- but now have our morning report with Mark Hodges of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission available- click here to check out Mark’s comments. Mark tells us that we saw wheat harvest resume in several western Oklahoma locations on Wednesday afternoon- some clean up operations were going on in the Eldorado to Frederick areas- some harvest in the El Reno to Okarche area(we saw some of that ourselves last night) and some cutting reported around Shattuck. Test weights seem to have come back down after the latest rains. The north central counties that have received so much rain in recent days may have another round of rain dumped on them later on Thursday and Friday morning. Chance of precipitation are forty to sixty percent tonight- and thirty to forty percent for Friday.
We also just got off the phone with Dr. Kim Anderson of OSU talking with us about this current wheat market and the “pulling up” effect that corn is having on wheat right now- click here to listen to our conversation about the current wheat versus corn market, market strategy for wheat producers, the fact that while we will make money on this 2008 wheat crop- higher input costs will catch up with us in 2009- which means we have to really work on managing costs and be an above average producer.
June 11- 11AM---We have several reports from the north central part of the state- one note from Tuesday afternoon is that Buffalo’s Elevator in northwest Oklahoma was receiving wheat.
We have a couple of reports from around Enid that reflect the slow go right now- one farmer in the Kremlin area said it was sprinkling some this morning as they waited to get the combines rolling. Have cut just a very small number of acres and have over 900 to go. This family hopes to follow wheat with milo, soybeans and sunflowers in a double crop situation. Southeast of Enid, we have a report of one producer that did cut a little dab of wheat Tuesday afternoon- this was a no-till field that got five inches of rain in recent days- the wheat was tough- 17% moisture but given the price- they will try to keep cutting and will put air through the grain to dry it down. Test weight was down to 60 pounds and the color of the grain was bleached. Yield was great!
We also got a report from the Billings area of some Overly wheat that has been cut around the rains last Thursday and Sunday night. Moisture has been high on the grain cut- especially that cut on Sunday before the rains returned. It will take a few more days of dry weather before many of the fields will support harvest equipment and the grain will be dry enough to cut. the guess we are getting is that ten to fifteen percent of the wheat fields from Billings to Garber are harvested at this point. This producer(Mike Thralls) hopes to get at least some of his wheat acres into some short season milo- he tells us his full season milo planted in April looks good.
June 11- 7 AM- Howdy Neighbors and Good Morning- in calling around the state- the folks at the Oklahoma Wheat Commission could find no-one harvesting wheat on Tuesday- however, that will likely change today as we are looking at a sunny, breezy and hot day across our wheat belt. As we get any reports in- we will be passing them along to you on this webpage. Before the rain delay- we now have word that the Kiowa, Kansas based OK Coop had received a few bushels of new crop wheat- about 70,000 bushels thus far according to Manager Alan Meyers. He said farmers were talking pretty good yields and the quality looked good- but that the protein was on the low side of things- from 10 to 11 percent- which is consistent with what we have heard across Oklahoma this harvest season.
June 10 9:15 AM- The Crop Production Estimates are out- based on June first data- and they show a slightly bigger Oklahoma crop than a month ago at 157.5 million bushels- and a slightly larger Texas crop as well. They left Kansas at the same size as the May guess- 357.2 million bushels. Here’s an audio review of the all of the Hard red Winter wheat producing states- click and listen
June 10 4:30 AM- Howdy Neighbors and Good Morning- We will not have a harvest report from Mark Hodges of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission this morning with virtually no harvest activity on Monday due to the widespread rains. We traded emails with Mark on Monday afternoon late and asked when do we start worrying about the condition of this crop- here’s what he told us:
Actually, we are probably hurting test weights now (and berry color), but up until the last several days that probably has not been the case (because the ones getting the most rain were the ones with the greenest wheat.”
Meanwhile, the Enid News Newspaper quotes Garfield County Extension agent Jeff Bedwell who compares this year to last year’s debacle saying “(The rain) will take a toll on standing wheat or what remains in the field unless things dry up,” he said,
Wet conditions also increase the possibility of sprout damage in some varieties of wheat, he said. Also, continued rain and standing water may force wheat to lay down, making it harder to get off the ground, he said.
“It will take a while to get back in the fields with the moisture we’ve had. The wet soil will complicate sprouting issue like we had last year,” he said. Here’s the link to the full article found this morning in the Enid News and Eagle.
The Daily Oklahoman continues to look back at railcar problems that date back to the start of the 2008 harvest. Their latest story is a piece that offers a response by the railroad companies that serve southwestern Oklahoma to criticism that has been directed towards them by Mike Cassidy of Frederick and Kenny Hahn of Lone Wolf. Both the Cassidy Grain locations and Planters Coop experienced a sluggish response in getting rail cars as quickly as harvest crews worked in getting the crop out in their areas. Mike Cassidy promised that he and others would ask the Legislature to perform an interim study between now and the start of the next legislative session over what he calls the lack of response by several of the rail lines to get him cars as wheat poured into his elevator locations. It may require a subscription for you to read it all (at leas the last two or three lines)- but here is the link to this story by our colleague Jim Stafford.
June 9-- 5 PM: We have had few reports of harvest from anyone today- we do have word from the Oklahoma Crop Weather Update that we do have 34% of the Oklahoma Crop now harvested- and also 34% of the Texas crop harvested as well. Click here for the Oklahoma Crop Weather Update and you can click here for the Texas Crop Weather Update.
June 9 at 4 AM- Howdy Neighbors and Good Morning! Weather is the story this Monday morning as we have had several lines of storms roll through the state of Oklahoma since Thursday night- and has kept the combines out of the fields especially in the northcentral part of the state where some of our best wheat has been expected to be cut here in 2008. We have a detailed audio report from Mark Hodges to share with you- click here to take a listen- some of the “harvest complete” numbers according to Mark-
The Altus-Frederick areas- 80% to 85% percent done
From Lone Wolf to I-40 -west of this line- 70% Complete
East of this line- little wheat cut to this point as moisture checks still showing around 16%
Kingfisher area- 70 to 75% complete
A line from Kingfisher to Dacoma to Cherokee- about 30% done
East of that Line- 20% or less (less as you go north and east of Enid)
Mark reports that there is concern with the variety Overly in that it has a tendency to shatter- and with the multiple rounds of storms with rain and wind- some reports are showing that variety is having trouble.
Based on information from the Oklahoma Mesonet as of 4:30 AM on this Monday morning- the area that includes Woods, Alfalfa, Major, Garfield, Grant and Kay Counties continues to deal with an enormous amount of rain since this past Thursday night- rainfall totals for these areas include
Lahoma 8.79 inches
Medford 6.75 inches
Fairview 6.13 inches
Newkirk 5.52 inches
Blackwell 4.54 inches
Alva 4.45 inches
Cherokee 4.41 inches
Breckinridge 4.09 inches
June 7- 8 PM: It has been an open day for those that did not get too much rain Thursday night from the line of rain storms that moved through. We did see some comments on storm damage in the Enid newspaper’s electronic edition- and they indicated only some scattered damage in Garfield and Major Counties:
“Jeff Bedwell, extension educator for Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service in Garfield County, said there were reports of hail damage to corn to the west.
“If there was corn damage, I’m sure there was wheat damage,” he said.
Bedwell said there were no firm figures on crop damage, but standing water should have an impact.
“How much of the crop is involved is hard to say,” he said.
He said some areas received about 5 inches of rain.
“I actually saw wheat under water this morning,” Bedwell said.
Jim Rhodes, of Major County Extension Office, said most producers in Major County “lucked out” with the storms.
“There’s probably some light damage out there, but I haven’t heard of any major damages,” Rhodes said. “I think we got by relatively good in comparison. We don’t have a lot of wheat down.”
He said some producers were planning to have crop adjusters look at possibly damage but total losses are not likely.
“We’re a ways from that,” he said.” IF you want to read the full article- here’s the link.
June 6- 1:00 PM- We have received a report from Canadian County Extension Agent Brad Tipton- who calls this 2008 wheat crop outstanding based on the early fields that have been cut:
“Canadian County wheat harvest is “out of the starting blocks” and coming in far better than the most optimistic of pre-harvest expectations. I have two reports of 80 bu/ac yields down around the Union City area. Fifty plus bu/ac reports abound everywhere with test weights in the mid-60’s. Endurance has slowed harvest for producers because that variety has not dried down sufficiently for harvesting. However, it should be ready by this weekend. There are numerous reports of fields where the wheat heads had a ‘third berry’ and I saw a head of Endurance which had a ‘fourth berry’ in it. Looking back, I give a lot of credit for this positive harvest report to the moisture Canadian County got from those nasty ice storms back in December and perfect grain filling weather this spring. One of my eight OSU Extension ‘GreenSeeker’ on-farm field trials was cut yesterday and resulted in a yield of 64.5 bu/ac for our ‘GreenSeeker’ nitrogen recommendation and 55 bu/ac in the ‘farmer practice’ plot, which is an exciting development for this new technology. Another week of open weather and we will be closing the barn door on an excellent wheat crop in this area of Oklahoma.” AND A FOLLOWUP NOTE COMES FROM BRAD- He tells us that he had just received a call from a producer west of El Reno who just finished up a field that hit a 101 bushel per acre yield!!! Brad Tipton calls that “like manna from Heaven after the debacle from last year.”
June 6- 5 AM- Good morning- we received limited updates on harvest progress on Thursday as people were busy trying to get ahead of the storm that was brewing and was manifested by strong winds across a lot of the wheat producing areas of the state all day long. We got heavy amounts of rain in northcentral Oklahoma last night which will put harvest on hold in an area that was just really starting to get going.
Mark Hodges with the Oklahoma Wheat Commission offers the following percentages of completion as of last night
The Southern 1/3 of the State- 70 % harvested
An Area that stretches from Chickasha to El Reno up to Okarche- 55% Complete
Kingfisher Area- 50% done
An area that goes from Watonga north to Alva- 20% done.
On a line from Alva down to Hennessey- east of that line- only a limited amount of wheat has yet been cut.
Click here to listen to Mark’s Report and Commentary as of Friday morning!
June 5- 5 AM- Howdy Neighbors and Good Morning! We are posting the latest audio report from Mark Hodges of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission- who tells us that we have sizable amounts of the 2008 winter wheat harvest done in southern counties of the state- and even as far north as Kingfisher- we have upwards of 30% completion on harvest as we speak. Click here to listen to Mark’s Thursday morning report.
June 4 3 PM- Here is a midday of the day update from Mark Hodges of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission- reflecting the damage in northern counties from hail last night-
“The Oklahoma wheat harvest now reaches from border to border and seems to be in a race with Mother Nature. Storms on Tuesday night once again pounded the northern tier of Oklahoma counties with hail, wind and rain. These storms caused significant damage with reports from 20% to 90% field losses in the Burlington area and another ½ inch or more of rain across to the Ponca City area. Other areas of the state continued harvesting with test weights in central and northern Oklahoma still above 60 pounds per bushel, outstanding berry color and yields that producers have been pleased with. While we are cutting wheat from border to border, there are still some areas of green wheat in the state that will require a few more days of ripening before cutting begins.
Besides weather, the only other major problem continues to be availability of rail cars to move wheat out of elevators in southern Oklahoma. This issue has caused long lines at several locations and will force ground storage of wheat or closing of elevators in some locations if the issue is not resolved quickly.”
Meanwhile, we have a report from our friend Mary Ann Nickens of American Farmers & Ranchers- who went back to her childhood home in the Frederick area and rode the combine for this year’s harvest. She reports success in the wheat that was cut- It made just over 58 bushels per acre with a test weight of 65 pounds per bushel. Here’s a picture of Mary Ann checking the ripened wheat before the combine rolled through!
June 4 8 AM- We have our first report of the morning back from our email folder- We have a report from Fred Schmedt who farms in southeast Jackson and southwest Tillman Counties- he writes “The BIG news for us is yesterday south of Tipton we cut a full quarter of Agri Pro Fannin that averaged 74 bushels of 64 and 65 pound test weight. Our combine guy got a LITTLE excited. He said it was the first time he had ever cut 65 lb test wheat.”
June 4- 4 AM- Howdy Neighbors and a good morning to you- two early morning reports to pass along- we have our regular daily audio with Mark Hodges of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission- who says the reports from Central Oklahoma seem to suggest slightly lower test weights than were seen in southwest Oklahoma as cutting expands into those areas. He says the real story right now may be the continuing thunderstorms that have lasted several of the northern counties of the state- bringing high winds and hails and damage to wheat fields in the path of these storms. He expects another round of those storms on Thursday. Click here to listen to Mark’s update.
We also got an email back from Mike Cassidy of Cassidy Grain based in Frederick whose tone has turned decidedly negative. He calls the 2008 wheat harvest a wreck because of the poorest rail service he has endured in 30 years. Mike tells us in his email
“Protein remains low, I am hearing that there is trouble selling under 11.0% protein basis gulf.If a buyer is found, it’s a much lower bid. I think it will remain so, until higher protein is found to blend with. Southwest Oklahoma Harvest has been a wreck, with the poorest rail service I have seen in 30 years!
Because there is no place to go with the wheat, two out of three of our elevators are shut down. The third will fill Wednesday- so it looks like its outdoors from here. The bright side is that the yields above average. J
It appears that Tillman County is getting close to 70-75% Complete.”
June 3rd 8 PM- We have been out all day and have several reports to share with you- first -we got a report from Jefferson County in south central Oklahoma- right along the Red River. Michael Jeffcoat, the Extension Educator for Jefferson County reports “Wheat in the flats along the river is producing well. I have heard of 60+ (bushels per acre) with excellent test weights. Some fields have suffered extensive damage from hogs” (I am assuming he is referring to the Feral Hog situation in that part of the state.)
We also heard from Jimmy Kinder from Cotton County- “Harvest is winding down in Cotton County. I think the County is over 80% harvested. The heaviest days at the elevators were Saturday, Sunday and Monday. The elevators were filling up and the lines were getting long on the inbound side. Yields are all over the place. We have some bragging yields and some fibbing yields. Over all, we had just over an average crop. Found that some fields had some hail damage that we were not aware of and some had some pressure from various other maladies. Test weights were unheard of. Average seems to be in the 62 - 63 lb range. Had a few loads that went over 65 lb. We finished Kinder harvest yesterday just before dark. Overall, I would have to say that it was a good harvest.”
Another report came from Scott and Brenda Neufeld in Major County- “Just a quick email to report from Major County. Harvest cranked up here yesterday with a few producers starting in on some Jagger wheat. We harvested a 53 acre field of jaggar last night that yielded 62 bushels per acre for the whole field. Moisture was dry at 12.7 and test weight was great at 63. We are definitely echoing the sentiments of David Gammill - we have a LOT to be thankful for!”
Then after our meetings in Stillwater on Tuesday- we headed west across Highway 51 and found some harvest going on in the Marshall area- here is a quick video from our little Flip pocket camera that shows harvest at the OSU Wheat Pasture Research Unit at Highway 51 and 74. Manager Alan Terry of the Marshall Coop told us they had been receiving a few loads along during Tuesday afternoon- earlier than they had expected- and test weights were right around 63 pounds- with early yield reports coming in a wide range from 33 to 55 bushels per acre We saw about five harvest crews working along 51 and then 74 going south.
Click on the wheat field to view the Windows Media File!
June 3 June 3- 7 AM- I have one report from southwestern Oklahoma this morning from former OSU Exension specialist A.L. Hutson that several elevators have filled up with wheat and have had to turn away some trucks from the fields because they have no place to put the wheat and have had a hard time in getting rail cars to ship it to a terminal location. This seems to be a recurring theme that we are hearing- quick harvest progress and good yields are giving us logistic issues.
June 3rd 5 AM- Here is the latest audio update from Mark Hodges with the Oklahoma Wheat Commission- Mark tells us that the hot and windy conditions on Monday allowed test cutting to jump northward to at least Fairview- and combines to be rolling actively in the southern half of the state.
June 2, 2008- 5 AM- We have the Monday Harvest Report from the Oklahoma Wheat Commission- Mark Hodges of the OWC offers these thoughts after a pretty good weekend of cutting wheat in the southern one third of the state. Click and Listen.
June 1 9 PM- We got an email earlier today from David Gammill- past President of the Oklahoma Wheat Growers and a wheat farmer from Tillman County. David just wrapped up Saturday night at his farm- and he tells us “We finished yesterday evening. Had a wonderful harvest; dry ground, hardly a breakdown one, great quality, great yields, great price. There was plenty of thankfulness in church this morning! Last night we took the combine crew out for a steak to celebrate. Test weights from 62 to 65.7 which are fantastic for us. Yields in the 40s. After so many years of scraping by, I am actually feeling pretty high on this year.”
June 1, 2008- It’s been generally a good weekend for harvest thus far in southwestern Oklahoma- but there are worries among the grain elevator operators in the state- having enough rail cars quick enough to handle the line of trucks that are dumping wheat and filling their silos with the 2008 crop. Jim Stafford of the Oklahoman talked to a couple of elevator operators- including Kenny Hahn of Planters Coop in Lone Wolf and Mike Cassidy of Cassidy Grain in Frederick. Click here and take a look at the work these guys are putting in behind the scenes to make those rail cars magically appear. By the way- I was told that Planters handled between nine and ten million bushels during wheat harvest last year- do you realize that means this one coop handled right at ten percent of the entire crop of last season???
May 31 9 PM- We got some additional pictures from Tom Smith in Kiowa County- Below is one that is another field of Jagger- he believes that we hitting around 50 bushels per acre in this field- he is taking wheat to Lone Wolf (Planters) and says the trucks have been backing up.
May 31 11 AM- I had the chance to visit with Scott and Brenda Neufeld while I was in Fairview at the Major County Relay for Life- and they say they hope to be cutting wheat in literally just another couple of days- the grain fill has been nothing short of incredible- according to Scott- he sees the potential for a wonderful harvest- if the weather will hold!
May 30 3 PM- On this Friday, we had the chance to sit down at our studios and visit with Mark Hodges, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission- Mark talks with us about what he has noticed as developing trends early in this harvest process- how the almost perfect berry filling season means more bushels this year than perhaps expected- how he is “shocked” about the lack of problems that has resulted from the junk left in many wheat fields after the heavy rains and abandoned wheat of 2007- and how Plains Grains is working even now to get a profile of this 2008 wheat crop for buyers. Click here to listen to our visit with Mark Hodges.
May 30 5 AM- Here’s Mark Hodges of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission with his audio update of the 2008 Harvest- he says that we now have harvest going on Jagger and Overly varieties in at least the southern third of the state. Click here to take a listen to his latest update- which jives with the pictures we have below!
May 30 4 AM- Howdy Neighbors and Good Morning! It appears we had a good bit of harvest activity yesterday- Tom Smith from Kiowa County sent us a shot we published yesterday of a broad view- he has provided us a couple more pics from Thursday cutting a field of Jagger wheat- yields in the 50s and test weights still good and heavy- 63 pounds- and moisture between 12 and 13 percent! Tom adds that these pictures are of the Beckley Harvest- and 2009 marks the 50th year that the Beckley family has been cutting wheat for his family!
May 29- Just got in from various activities and had this report from ten miles southwest of Hobart- The field you see below had a moisture level of 12%- test weight of 63 pounds and an estimated yield in the mid 30s! This field was harvested on Wednesday afternoon May 28.
May 29- Mike Cassidy of Cassidy Grain Frederick tells us that he expects a FULL SPEED harvest day today (Thursday) as things continue to dry down and more and more fields are ready to go. Mike says that test weights continue to be really good- nice and heavy- almost everything we are seeing thus far is 61 and better. AND- Mike Cassidy says that yields seem to be a little better than they had been hoping for as he reports that farmers are telling him from 33 to 65 bushels per acre on these early fields.
For this Thursday Morning- here is the daily audio recap of things from Mark Hodges of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission-
May 28 Midday- We got a quick report from Jimmy Kinder of Walters this morning- Jimmy reports that they started on Memorial Day and have yet to get to their best wheat- that they do not have Jagger variety so their fields have been a few days behind some fields in his area that were planted with that popular variety. Kinder tells us that they have some very good wheat to cut if the weather will hold and they are able to get a combine in and the wheat out.
May 28- We have just a small percentage of the 2008 Oklahoma Wheat Crop now harvested- Mark Hodges of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission tells us that we have perhaps 10% of the crop cut west of Walters over to around Hollister- and then about 10% of the crop harvested in the Eldorado area. Click here to listen to Mark’s Wednesday morning update.
May 27- 4:00 AM- The Thunderstorms continue to rumble through portions of the state- Custer County received some heavy weather in the early hours of the morning- shortly after got Mark’s update- we got an email from Mike Cassidy of Cassidy Grain in Fredierck- who tells us “Cutting resumed on Monday, limited by barely ripe grain, accelerated by chance of moisture on Tuesday.
Again, most cutting in eastern Tillman County where adequate moisture throughout fall and winter accelerated maturity. This area also experiencing above average yields, as was expected. The western half of the county will not fare as well. Still expecting an “average” crop overall.
Moisture borderline at 13.5 - 14.5%.
Test weights hanging in there averaging over 62.0 so far.”
May 27- Howdy Neighbors and Good Morning! Here is our Tuesday morning harvest report from Mark Hodges, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission- Mark reports that the harvest has really begun in many locations south of US 62 from Lawton across to Altus- early test weights and yield reports appear to be very good. Click here to listen to Mark’s update!
May 26- Here’s an update on that report from Mike Cassidy and the first loads of wheat coming into their location at Hollister. A total of 12,000 bushels arrived on Saturday and had an average of test weight of 63.4 pounds per bushel- (the range on test weights went from 61.8 to 65.4!). Average moisture was 14%. The field that this wheat came from was a total of 130 acres and averaged 43 bushels per acre! Mike Cassidy indicated that the area ready to cut got some rainfall last night- in some cases from a half to one inch of rain- he does expect cutting to resume in eastern Tillman into Cotton County later on Sunday afternoon.
May 25- Wheat harvest has begun for the folks at Cassidy Grain- they took their first load of wheat in at their facility at Hollister. The farmer reported the combine indicated a yield of 30 bushels per acre- test weight was 61.9 pounds on Jagger wheat- this was from the Chattanooga area- Mike Cassidy reports that wheat is ripe and ready to go in portions of eastern Tillman County and Cotton County where they got adequate early moisture- The Frederick area is still a few days away from seeing harvest roll.