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Wheat Harvest Expands Statewide, Pressure to Harvest Before Rain Arrives

Wed, 04 Jun 2014 15:57:14 CDT

Wheat Harvest Expands Statewide, Pressure to Harvest Before Rain Arrives

Harvest continues to move full speed ahead from the Texas border with reports of one field already being cut as far North as Buffalo, Oklahoma. Producers and custom cutters are moving fast in order to try to get the wheat out of the fields before the heavy rains that are predicted for this coming weekend. Much of the wheat in Southwest Oklahoma is going in the grain bins for seed, with many elevator locations planning on taking in 10 to 15 percent of what they would take in with a good harvest year. Harvest is actually winding down around Grandfield, Frederick and Chattanooga. Producers and elevator managers do have concerns the heavy rains predicted for this weekend might start to have impacts on quality with regards to test weight and sprouting.

Hollis- The first loads of grain were taken in this region yesterday. Not much has been received at this location and it looks like they will not be taking in much more. Yields in this region are extremely low around 6 to 12 bushels per acre and most of the wheat has been abandoned.

Headrick-South of Headrick the wheat has been yielding lower around the 7 to 12 bushel range. North of Headrick the yields around Snyder are much more favorable coming in around 20 bushels per acre. Test weights in this region are generally ranging from 58 to 62 pounds with the average coming in around 60 pounds. Some lower test weights have been reported around 53 but overall the wheat quality looks favorable with good color and cleanliness. Some of the later wheat that is greener and smaller in the fields has been causing a problem for some of the producers. Proteins in this region have been running higher around 12 to 13 percent with a lot of 14 to even 17 percent proteins reported.

Chattanooga- Yields have been reported in the 10 to 12 bushel range. Test weight has been ranging mostly from 58 to 59 lbs. with a few lower weights being reported. Overall quality and kernel color looks favorable. Harvest is winding down in this region and if producers can get the next two days in most of harvest will be complete.

Grandfield- Yields being reported around the 10 to 15 bushel range. Test weights coming in at 58 to 59 lbs. Harvest is winding down in this region and if producers can get the next two days in most of harvest will be complete.

Lone Wolf- Harvest is this region is moving along well and approximately 25 percent complete. The wheat that is coming in is good quality with test weights ranging from 58 to 62 pounds per bushel. Protein averages are running high in this region around 14 to 15 percent on the wheat that is being tested. Yields reported to be making generally around 14 to 17 bushels per acre.

Sentinel- The wheat in this region as far a quality looks extremely favorable. Test weights ranging from 60 to 64 pounds per bushel. Yields are being reported at 15 to 20 bushels for the most part. One producer reported a yield of 31 bushels per acre on a 160 acre field.

Rocky- Harvest has just barely started in this region with the wheat being a little more behind in the growing season. Producers and custom harvesters are hopeful to get in the fields later today. The first sample cut this morning came in at 13.5 moisture.

Hinton- Harvest is moving fully ahead in this region. Yields being reported around 15 to 25 bushels per acre in most fields. Quality and color is favorable in this region with clean wheat being reported. Protein test indicating 11.5 to 12 percent proteins are the average. Kernel size is a little smaller but overall the grain looks favorable.

Okarche-Harvest in this region is also moving full speed ahead. Producers around Okarche, Kingfisher and Omega are reporting yields to be generally around 15 to 25 bushels per acre. Some yields North of Omega are reported to be making over 35 bushels per acre. Many of the producers in this region are binning wheat for seed and elevators are hoping traffic will pick up later today. This region is about 10 percent complete with harvest.

Enid- Harvest is just starting in this region with combines moving Northeast of Enid. Test weights so far are favorable coming in generally at 59 lbs. or higher. Reports on the wheat being harvested coming in at around 15 to 25 bushels per acre. Proteins ranging all over the board from 13 to 16 percent.

Goltry- No wheat has been taken in at this location although a sample was received at 13.5 percent moisture. Producers are hopeful to start cutting today in this area.

Alva-They have had around 4 to 5 loads taken in at this location. Test weights averaging 60 to 62 pounds per bushel. Proteins are ranging from 11 to 13.7 percent. Yields reported from 15 to 25 bushels per acre.

Buffalo-One field has already been reported to be harvested in this region. The yield was reported at 6 bushels per acre with a protein of 13.7 percent

The next harvest report will be out on Friday June 6th. For up to date weather information click on http://www.mesonet.org



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