Wheat Harvest Update- Some Go- Lots of No as We Come to the End of MayTue, 31 May 2016 04:07:46 CDT
Here are the latest wheat harvest details gathered as of Monday evening, May 31st, by Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays. If you are a wheat farmer- or a custom harvester- or involved in the wheat industry- Ron would love to hear your harvest story- email him at firstname.lastname@example.org- your harvest details and pictures will be most welcome!
"Usually by the last day of May, wheat harvest is active in at least some of the southern half of Oklahoma- but that is not what we are finding here in 2016. We would normally be running combines by now in southwestern parts of Oklahoma- but in making calls, checking in via social media and via email- I am finding very little wheat that has been cut over the Memorial Day weekend.
"Jimmy Kinder in the Walters area tells us he has wheat ripe- but muddy fields have been a problem- and then the humidity on Monday was a further issue- making Memorial Day a no go.
"Matt Muller in the Altus area also indicates that while he has ripe wheat- the mud has been a problem and that when he tried to cut on Monday- he got 17 to 18 percent moisture readings- so that's a no go. The only location in southwestern Oklahoma I got indications that we had some wheat being cut- Brandon Winters who manages Tillman Producers Coop with grain elevators in Frederick and Davidson tells us that they took in wheat on Sunday- and was expecting at least some later on Monday- Brandon says of the loads they took in "Test weights all over the place 56-62 avg 60, protein 10-12 avg 11.3"
"In central Oklahoma- we do have some wheat being harvested- Mike Schulte with the Oklahoma Wheat Commission reports late Monday night "Around the Okarche and Kingfisher areas probably 15 to 20 producers were cutting. Rains in the North and Western parts of the state as well as the wheat not being completely ripened has kept harvest from progressing in these regions. Test weights in the central part of the state coming in very positive hearing ranges mostly from 62 to 65 pounds. Yields in the region being reported from 30 to mid 50's with a lot of reports favoring more towards the mid 40's to the mid 50's."
"Mark Hodges with Plains Grains concurs with Schulte on the Central Oklahoma harvest- saying there is harvest underway in multiple places in central Oklahoma rolling where the wheat has ripened and the fields are dry enough to support the weight of the combines. Mark thinks that harvest could be happening in southwestern Oklahoma today(Tuesday) if things will improve on the humidity front.
"We also checked with Clint and Jessica Wilcox who farm in the Fairview area- they were walking their fields on Memorial Day- but finding the wheat not quite ripe. The cooler and sometimes wet weather of May slowed it's final reipening by several days."
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