Oklahoma Wheat Harvest Edges Forward- Wheat Commission Now Says State is 68% CompleteWed, 15 Jun 2016 15:08:32 CDT
On a regular basis, the Oklahoma Wheat Commission is releasing harvest reports for the 2016 crop. The latest report is out, as of midday Wednseday, June 15, 2016. The Oklahoma Wheat Commission is calling the state of Oklahoma to be 68% complete with harvest as of today.
Executive Director Mike Schulte offers a breakdown of the state by regions in today's report:
"Wheat harvest has been put on hold in most parts of Southwest Oklahoma over the past few days with the rains that were received on Monday. In some parts of this region producers are hoping they may get back in the field later this afternoon. In other places from the Frederick, Chattanooga and Walters area it will most likely be Friday before the ground will allow producers back in the field. Areas from Lawton east to Chickasha and Maysville it will still be much longer before combines are back in the fields on the lower lying areas especially. In many areas of this region flooding has damaged the crop to the extent it will not be harvested. It is anticipated that harvest will begin for some producers in the Hinton area this afternoon and continue to move North, where harvest continues to take place in the Bison, Enid, Goltry, Cherokee, Burlington and Alva areas. Producers are also moving full speed ahead in the Ponca City, Blackwell Regions.
"Rains in far Northwest Oklahoma from Shattuck to May and into the Panhandle have slowed harvest from progressing, although some harvest has been taking place in Buffalo. We had some early reports of dryland wheat being harvested before the rains this week in Hooker. Around Boise City they are estimating dryland wheat harvest will really get rolling on Monday, although some cutting is predicted for this weekend. Harvest in Northeast Oklahoma has been slowed by the rains this past week up around Afton and Miami with nothing new reported in that region since Monday.
In Southwest Oklahoma yields have been ranging from the mid 30ís to the mid 50ís with reports from the Walters and Chattanooga area up into Altus and Lone Wolf that yields will not be as high as predicted earlier. Abandonment in the lower lying areas of this region into Apache, Lawton and Maysville will also be a factor in bringing total bushel amounts down from Southwest Oklahoma. No reports or changes on test weights from this region since before the rains. Depending on the rains and how they fell before Monday test weights in this area were reported in the ranges of 58 to 59 lbs./bu. (76.3-77.6 kg/hl), with a lot of the wheat that was harvested prior to the rains at 60 lbs./bu. (78.9 kg/hl).
In Central Oklahoma harvest continues to progress almost to the point of completion North of El Reno into Okarche and Kingfisher. Yields in this region reported to be making in the mid 40ís to the mid 50ís, with higher yields in the mid 60ís reported out around the Greenfield, Hydro and Hinton areas. Test weights for the region still being reported at 61 to 62lbs./bu. (80.2-81.5 kg/hl) for the most part.
North Central, OK
In North Central Oklahoma harvest continues to progress with some areas facing slower starts the past couple days because of the higher humidity. Test weights in the region, as of today, are averaging 60 to 62 lbs./bu. (78.9-81.5 kg/hl) for the most part. Yields in this region are all over the board from the mid 40ís to the mid 60ís, with higher yields in the 70ís to 80ís on dryland wheat, if followed by soybean or alfalfa rotations.
Protein reports from all over the state are ranging anywhere from 9% to 12.5%. Proteins look to be doing better in the North Central and Panhandle regions of the state.
Northwest Oklahoma and the Panhandle
In the Northwest and Panhandle regions of the state harvest was just beginning around the Shattuck and May areas before the rains on Monday. Some harvesting has been taking place in Buffalo on wheat that was heavily grazed. Some minor harvest began on dryland wheat in Hooker, with some early reports on dryland wheat making from the mid 30ís to as high as the mid 60ís. An early protein test from Hooker Equity showed protein to be averaging 12.5%.
In Northeast Oklahoma harvest has been slowed by the rains earlier in the week and has been for the most part at a standstill. Test weights on the wheat in this region weighing anywhere from 61 to 62lbs/bu. (80.2-81.5 kg/hl) with yields from this area reported to be making in the mid 40ís to mid 50ís. No protein was reported from this region.
Here are the percentages by locations that reflects how harvest is going in these locations:
Percentages by regions:
Lone Wolf 80-85%
North Central Oklahoma
Pond Creek 70%
Ponca City 65%
Northwest and the Panhandle
Boise City 0%
The Oklahoma Wheat Commission plans to release their next report on harvest on Monday, June 20th.
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