Moisture Levels Remain on High Side of Things as Oklahoma Wheat Harvest Cranks UpFri, 30 May 2014 11:53:44 CDT
On a regular basis over the next few weeks, the Oklahoma Wheat Commission will be offering coverage of the 2014 Hard Red Winter Wheat Harvest. The following is the report released on Thursday afternoon, May 29, 2014.
Harvest is just getting started in regions of Southern Oklahoma after the rains this past weekend. In most regions of Southwest Oklahoma as of this morning, moisture levels have been too high for harvest to begin, but producers are hopeful to be in the field late this afternoon.
Hollis- No grain has been taken in at this location, moisture levels on test have been reported around 16 percent. It is not anticipated that much grain will be received in this area because of the significant drought.
Chattanooga Small amounts of grain have been received in this location. Test weights ranging from 58 to 59 pounds per bushel.
Grandfield Small amounts of wheat have started coming in. On the loads that have been received, the moisture has been under 14 percent, test weights are ranging from 58.5 pounds to 61 pounds per bushel. The kernel size is small in some instances but the quality and color is much more favorable than what was anticipated. Yield reports are coming in at 10 to 15 bushels per acre.
Frederick A few samples have been tested since the Memorial Day weekend showers but the moisture levels have been running around 16 percent so harvest has been on hold. Elevators in this region are hoping harvest will be in full swing either this afternoon or tomorrow afternoon. Predictions are that limited amounts of grain will be coming in because of the low yields. Elevators in this region are hopeful to receive one-tenth of the grain that would be taken in on a good year. On wheat that was harvested before the Memorial Day weekend, test weights were coming in mainly at 58 to 59 pounds per bushel.
Producers in this region hope to keep harvesting even though some areas are predicted for rain this coming weekend. Protein levels in the regions of Texas due South have been reported to be ranging from 12.5 to 13.5 percent. Some protein levels have been reported in Oklahoma on samples and are ranging in that same category or range. The Oklahoma Wheat Commission will plan to have the next harvest report published on Monday, June 2, 2014.
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