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Wheatwatch 2013: Combines Roll Across Southwestern Oklahoma as Harvest gets Underway

Mon, 03 Jun 2013 16:26:15 CDT

Wheatwatch 2013:  Combines Roll Across Southwestern Oklahoma as Harvest gets Underway
Mike Schulte of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission provides the latest update on harvest activity across Oklahoma:

June 3, 2013
Over the weekend combines started rolling in most parts of Southwest Oklahoma. In some areas producers have been surprised by higher than expected yields, while in other areas the yields have been what most were anticipating.

Eldorado- Harvest is starting to roll pretty good in this region of the state. Yields for the most part are averaging 20 to 25 bushels per acre. They have had a few yield reports of wheat making in the mid 30's. Test weights are very favorable averaging 60 lbs. per bushel with high proteins also being reported. Average protein is around 14 percent with some reports 18 percent.

Hollis- Hollis received two loads of wheat this morning with moisture of 9.8 and 11.2. Test weights came in at 62 and 61. There is not much wheat to cut in this area and most of what is being harvested is being kept as certified seed and seed wheat. Estimating that only 1/3 of the usual production will be coming to the elevator. Harvest should be completed this week, as long as the weather holds.

Altus- Yields in this region on the wheat being taken in so far averaging around 20 bushels per acre. Test weights have ranged from 58-63 lbs. per bushel with the average being higher than 60lbs. per bushel in this area. Average protein reports from this region coming in at 14.5 percent protein with a few reports of protein levels as high as 17.5 percent.

Frederick- Estimates are this area will take in 10 to 20 percent of what is normally taken in from this region. Many producers in this area are also saving wheat for seed wheat. On the reports of grain being taken in around Frederick, yields are ranging from 10 to 15 bushels per acre. One report was noted on a field making 21 bushels per acre.   Test weights are ranging from 57 to 60 lbs. per bushel. Protein levels in this region ranging from 12 to 15 percent protein.

Grandfield- Harvest is moving along in this region with reports of wheat making around 20 to 25 bushels per acre. Test weights are ranging from 59 to 60 lbs. per bushel. Protein is ranging from 12.4 to 14.4.

Chattanooga- Harvest is just getting a good start this weekend around this area. Yields reported to be making 20 to 25 bushels per acre. Test weights also ranging from 59 to 60 lbs. per bushel. No protein test reported at this time.

Lawton-Harvest has just started in this region of the state this weekend with about 2,000 bushels reported to have been taken in.   No yields, test weights or proteins have been reported.

Hobart-No wheat has been taken in this region as of today. Producers and elevator operators think harvest should begin on some fields in this region by mid-week, if they do not receive the predicted rains.

Reports from locations in the Central part of the state show that harvest is still approximately 7 to 8 days away; depending on the varieties and what type of weather we will be having over the next few days. Much damage has occurred in central locations of the Oklahoma wheat belt because of the severe storms on Friday evening. Many producers reporting complete losses around the El Reno, Union City and Yukon areas because of tornados and major hail. Many producers have also had to contend with widespread flood damage in the central parts of Oklahoma this past week.

May 31, 2013
Quiet today. But with temperatures predicted to be in the high 90s and low 100s today, with wind, the combines will be running in far SW Oklahoma again this weekend.

Mike Cassidy with Cassidy Grain in Frederick expects to take their first loads in this weekend. Some humid and damp weather has helped the wheat to finish out better, even though this area is still very dry.

Grandfield and Chattanooga are reporting no change since this past weekend. They also expect to begin taking wheat in again this afternoon and over the weekend.

May 28, 2013
The first loads of wheat have arrived at elevators in SW Oklahoma over the weekend and on Monday.

Barney Trammell with Eldorado Farmer's Coop took in a little over 100,000 bushels over the weekend. Test weights were averaging 61 to 62 pounds. Yields on one field averaged 34 bushels per acre; other fields were averaging 20 to 25 bushels per acre. Protein so far has been coming in strong with a 15.5 percent protein.

The Grandfield Coop has reported their first load of wheat and is estimating the yield to be around 15 bu/acre, the moisture is 14.9, and test weights came in at 58.2 pounds.

Several rounds of severe weather are predicted for all of Oklahoma thru the end of the week. We will update this report as wheat is harvested.

We expect to see harvest ramping up in the next 7 - 10 days.

More harvest updates can be found on the Oklahoma Wheat Commission website: http://www.wheat.state.ok.us/



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