Wheat Harvest Moving Quickly in Much of the Oklahoma Wheat BeltWed, 08 Jun 2016 04:46:55 CDT
The 2016 Oklahoma Wheat Harvest is rolling in some places quickly and in other locations, not so much. Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays has been checking with folks in a variety of ways- and offers these observations he has gleaned:
Matt Muller in Jackson County calls it still a slow process- but after a lot of rain that stopped him for several days- harvest is happening. Matt writes "thick green straw, fair amount of the wheat is lodged." The good news is the grain is dry and he says after a lot of mud- he is finding dry ground. Matt adds "test weights holding above 60. Good Yields. Sun down, breeze stops and humidity sky rockets."
On Facebook, the American Farmers and Ranchers posted pictures from the Duane Nelson farm (we are showing one in this report) near Enid- AFR says that Nelson says he is getting around 50 bushels per acre.
Also on Facebook, the Oklahoma Department of Ag has posted several videos and pics from Oklahoma State Secretary of Ag Jim Reese on his farm near Nardin as harvest is underway there.
In Fairview, we got a message from Jessica Wilcox who stopped for just a moment and told us Tuesday evening "So far yields are slightly above average. Test weights are good to excellent across the Fairview area. Lots of wheat being took to town. We are only about 10% complete." Jessica had earlier posted on Facebook that they had started wheat harvest on their operation Monday.
Roland Pederson emailed us a quick note from his farm near Burlington that wheat harvest is underway. Roland writes on Tuesday midday "We got started yesterday west of Burlington. Fields are mostly dry enough. Yield and quality is above average and much better than the last few years. We are a couple of days from really getting started."
Jon Kuhnemund farms in northwestern Oklahoma and offered a great testimonial for canola in rotation with wheat as he tweets "Doublestop behind canola- came in right at 70 bushels an acre, test weight 63-64 pounds a bushel." Doublestop CL is an OSU wheat variety that incorporates Clearfield two gene technology.
Finally, Mike Schulte, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission, reports he will have a Wheat Harvest update later on Wednesday- Tuesday evening he told Hays that he was busy helping on their family operation near Okarche- but that all reports he was getting is that harvest is "moving at full speed."
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By the way- there is rain showing on radar in western Oklahoma- from Woodward south down almost to Elk City as of 4:15 AM this morning.
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