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Some Yields Dazzle as the Combines Roll Across Oklahoma Wheat Fields

Tue, 25 Jun 2013 05:57:41 CDT

Some Yields Dazzle as the Combines Roll Across Oklahoma Wheat Fields Hot, sunny and dry conditions have totally dried out the 2013 hard red winter wheat crop across most of Oklahoma- and combines are actively rolling and the elevators are filling up with wheat. According to the latest Oklahoma Crop Weather Update- the 2013 wheat harvest is now fifty five percent complete, and the bulk of the harvest could be done by the first of July for many producers if the current weather conditions hold- and the current weather forecasts suggest hot and dry weather will stay in place until the weekend.

Farm Director Ron Hays caught up with Don Schieber of Kay County combining wheat for the Fitzgerald family of Minco in the northern edge of Grady County on Monday and rode with Schieber for several passes in his six year old John Deere Combine. Schieber does some custom harvest work each year before harvesting his own crop east of Blackwell and before he turns to seed cleaning which he told Hays is more profitable than custom cutting.

The field that Schieber was cutting on Monday afternoon was averaging around fifty bushels per acre (the picture here shows a thicker patch that jumped above sixty bushels with mositure below ten percent) and the wheat was running around 58 to 59 pounds test weight.

Ron and Don had an "in the cab" visit as the combine rolled across the field- click on the LISTEN BAR below to hear their conversation about Don's harvest experiences thus far in 2013.

If you would like to see wheat harvest in action- we have an excellent set of pictures that have been posted on FLICKR of Monday's harvest efforts. click here to take a look at those pics.

If you want to review the latest Oklahoma Crop Weather Update, click here for the report issued June 24, 2013.

Our coverage of the 2013 Wheat Harvest is a part of our WheatWatch2013, a service of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission. Click here for the OWC Website for their harvest updates and more about how they are working hard for the Oklahoma wheat producer.


Ron Hays rides the combine and talks with Oklahoma Wheat Producer Don Schieber.
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