Wheat Harvest Gets Underway Thursday- But Storms Return Thursday NightFri, 27 May 2016 04:51:17 CDT
The 2016 Hard Red Winter Wheat Harvest has begun in southwestern Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture posted a picture and report from Mike Cassidy of Cassidy Grain in Frederick of his first load into the elevator at Frederick. Cassidy reports that the first load of the season came in Thursday afternoon- apparently ahead of the storms that rumbled across western Oklahoma overnight- including storms in Tillman County.
The first report of the 2016 harvest season is out from Plains Grains and their Executive Director Mark Hodges- and he is showing zero percent harvest complete in the southern plains winter wheat states- including Texas and Oklahoma. Hodges writes "the first loads of the 2016 HRW wheat harvest has been delivered over the past few days from central Texas northward into southwestern Oklahoma. Most areas remain too wet with the majority of the fields harvested in central Texas still averaging 14% moisture or above. Further north into southwestern Oklahoma(incudes some north Texas deliveries), harvest was running at a consistent pace with over 70,000 bushels delivered by late afternoon Thursday. However, numerous rain storms across the area Thursday afternoon and evening will likely shut down most combines.
"Early reports of test weights have been very good. Local elevators are reporting 63-64 pound test weights per bushel. Early protein reports have varied greatly- the overall average seems to be about 11.5%.
"A high probability of rain continues in the forecast over the next week for Texas and Oklahoma (especially Sunday through Wednesday) so wheat producers will be cutting with a sense of urgency in those areas currently dry enough to harvest."
Full details of the report from Mark Hodges and Plains Grains is available by clicking on the PDF link at the bottom of this story. Click here for the home page of Plains Grains.Org.
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