Wheat Harvest Stands Still- Oklahoma Wheat Commission Calls Harvest Seven Percent DoneThu, 02 Jun 2016 16:48:22 CDT
Each harvest season, the Oklahoma Wheat Commission releases wheat harvest reports as information becomes available about that year's wheat harvest. The latest report is out, as of Thursday afternoon, June 2nd, as provided by Oklahoma Wheat Commission Executive Director Mike Schulte:
"Harvest continues to be at a standstill in all regions of the state as of today. Scattered rains have passed thru the state each day since Tuesday morning. Rains have virtually popped up causing flash flooding in different regions West of I-35 throughout the state. In some locations places have gotten 1 ˝ inches to over 4.5 inches of rain, while other locations have received 1/10th to ˝ inch of moisture.
"Some producers in Southwest Oklahoma have reported rains from last night to have produced over 4.75 inches in the Grandfield and Walters area, although those numbers do not appear on the Mesonet charts listed below. No sprout damage has been reported at elevator locations as of today, but some producers in these regions have detected sprout in lower lying fields. These fields where sprout has been detected have been prone to flooding over the past month and most likely will never be harvested because of estimated total loss.
"It was reported that earlier this morning producers were hopeful in parts of Washita and Beckham counties to be back in the field this afternoon. Unfortunately, recent rains this afternoon with some areas in this region reporting 2 inches of rainfall today will stop that from being possible. Light showers even in the far Southwest region of the state will hinder harvest from progressing today.
"Elevator managers in parts of Southwest Oklahoma say if the storms can bypass them this evening that hopefully in some areas combines will be able to move on Saturday where rains were not as heavy, although fighting mud will still be a major problem.
"Early harvest reports from Southwest Oklahoma to Central Oklahoma showed favorable test weights and yields being reported. Test weights before the rains were ranging anywhere from 61 to 65lbs./bu, (78.5kg/hl-83.6kg/hl). Yields reported to be making in the mid 30’s to mid 50’s all over in this region, with many reports of 60 bushel wheat coming in at locations even in far Southwest Oklahoma by Grandfield.
"Elevator managers and producers throughout the state have concerns about what future test weights will be like in Southwest and Central Oklahoma as we move forward. The one positive is that so far we started out with high test weight numbers to begin with.
"Flash flooding has occurred in several regions of Southwest Oklahoma and down around Minco and Tuttle causing the wheat to fall down in the lower lying areas. The rains in other areas for the most part came slowly which kept the wheat from falling down.
"Protein levels continue to be of concern as we move forward with harvest in some locations. Some areas have been reporting some 8.5 to 9 percent proteins while other locations have been reporting 11 to 12 percent proteins. Elevator managers are hopeful based on the higher proteins showing up in some regions, that overall, we will be looking at an 11 to an 11.5 percent protein number statewide.
"As of this afternoon, some areas in Central Oklahoma today only have received 1/10th an inch of moisture so producers in this area are hopeful if they miss the predicted rains this evening that they might have a chance of getting back into the fields tomorrow.
"Based on reports from elevator managers and producers, the Oklahoma Wheat Commission is calling harvest to be 7 percent harvested.
"The next Oklahoma Wheat Commission harvest report will be published on Monday, June 6, 2016."
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