Oklahoma Wheat Commission Calls Wheat Harvest All But Done- Now 95% CompleteWed, 22 Jun 2016 20:26:27 CDT
The Oklahoma Wheat Commission is now calling the 2016 Oklahoma Wheat Harvest 95% complete, except for the Panhandle counties. According to the Commission's Director Mike Schulte, "Wheat harvest continues across the state with most producers and custom cutters wrapping up in all regions, with the exception of the Panhandle now being approximately 40 to 50 percent complete depending on location.
"Producers are still struggling in parts of Southwest Oklahoma fighting the mud in lower lying areas, but even in those places it is figured that only 10 to 15 percent of the crop is left to harvest. In some parts around Chattanooga and Walters, as well as in the Chickasha and Maysville area the crop in these lower lying areas most likely will never be harvested due to sprout damage. While some of the crop was completely lost due to floods in Southern Oklahoma, overall quality being reported throughout the state from South to North has been extremely favorable. Test weights and reported yields in all regions have been remarkable for the most part."
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 harvest is progressing with only 10 percent left in these regions for the most part. Producers have still been fighting mud down by Grandfield. 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. Test weights in this region as of today reported to be 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 in the region North of El Reno into Okarche and Kingfisher is pretty much completed for the most part. 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 many managers calling this region to be 98% complete. 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 in parts of the Panhandle regions. Newer reports show some lower proteins in the Panhandle of Oklahoma, but overall statewide data is showing a 10.5 to 11.5 percent range.
Northwest & Panhandle
In the Northwest and Panhandle regions of the state harvest has progressed around the Shattuck, May and Buffalo areas being reported to be 80 to 85% complete. Dryland wheat continues to be harvested in the Panhandle now for the past week, with many producers finishing up on the dry land harvesting around Hooker. It has been reported that one producer around Hooker started on a field of irrigated wheat but no yields were reported. For the most part irrigated wheat is not ready in the region and will be a few days off. Harvest around the Boise City region is just starting on the dry land wheat with no yields reported. Test weights in the Boise City region on dry land wheat is averaging 60 to 62 lbs./bu (78.9-81.5 kg/hl). Reports on dryland wheat in this region are ranging all over the board from the mid 30ís to as high as the mid 60ís.
In Northeast Oklahoma harvest has moved forward to being 95% complete. 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 90%
North Central Oklahoma
Pond Creek 98%
Ponca City 95%
Northwest and the Panhandle
Boise City 20%
The Oklahoma Wheat Commission plans to release their next report on harvest on Monday, June 27th.
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