Pre- Harvest Thoughts From Oklahoma Wheat Commission's Mike SchulteWed, 27 May 2015 09:27:40 CDT
The Executive Diretor of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission, Mike Schulte, has emailed us his latest observations as the 2015 Oklahoma Wheat Harvest waits to get started. Rains across most of the Oklahoma Wheat Belt has prevented early harvest that is often seen in southwestern counties in the state.
Here's Schulte's pre harvest update:
"In Southwestern Oklahoma some producers are saying they have some fields that would be ready for harvest and if it would ever dry out that certainly in the next two days many fields would be ready. It looks like the predicted forecast through the weekend will make it hard for producers to even try a test run- and even with the wheat being ready it will be several days before the ground will carry combines if the rains stop.
"We certainly have lost yield in Southern and Central Oklahoma this past week with waterlogged wheat in the lower lying areas and we are seeing several instances of lodging even on the upland farms. The thinner wheat stands in Northwest Oklahoma that were written off a month and a half ago because of serious drought and the Good Friday late freeze has recovered in some instances because of the moisture and cooler temperatures in that part of state. By no means will we have a bumper crop in Northwest Oklahoma- however the gains we have made in this past month over this part of the state will hopefully offset the losses in Southern and Central Oklahoma.
"The Panhandle region has some real good possibilities on the crop for irrigated wheat. The dry land crop in the Panhandle is hit and miss depending on where the moisture fell. Some of the dry land wheat looks really good with the thinner stands still having a possibility of 15 to 20 bushels per acre depending on the weather from here on out. It appears that we still have 5 to 6 days of predicted storms for the wheat belt in Oklahoma ahead, and because of this, all wheat producers are concerned."
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