Wheat Harvest in Full Swing But Nearing the End- Oklahoma Wheat Commission Calls Harvest 85% CompleteTue, 21 Jun 2016 04:07:51 CDT
Wheat harvest was in full swing today in all areas of the state from the Oklahoma/Texas border to the Oklahoma/Kansas border with harvest also moving along in the Oklahoma Panhandle. In most parts of the state areas were reporting to be 90 to 95% complete with the exception of the Oklahoma Panhandle and parts of Southwest and South Central Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Wheat Commission sees the Oklahoma wheat harvest statewide to be 85% complete.
Harvest was hindered once again in parts of Southwest Oklahoma with heavy rains around the Hollis and Mangum area on Friday evening. Some areas in that region received over 4 inches of moisture. Some producers in this region have really had to struggle to fight getting the crop out. As soon as it is dry enough to harvest the rains seem to come again. Test weights in all regions for the most part seem to be holding up on what was reported late in the week last week. Some sprout damage has been reported on lower lying fields with water problems and flooding in Southwest and South Central Oklahoma. In some of those areas the crop will most likely be a complete loss. Overall statewide test weight and quality seems to be very favorable 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 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. 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 90 to 95% completed. 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 & Panhandle
In the Northwest and Panhandle regions of the state harvest has progressed around the Shattuck, May and Buffalo areas being reported to be 60 to 70% complete. Dryland wheat continues to be harvested in the Panhandle now for the past week, with some reports of some irrigated wheat being harvested around Hooker today. No yields were reported on the irrigated wheat. Reports on dryland wheat in this region are ranging all over the board from the mid 30ís to as high as the mid 60ís. Proteins have gone down slightly in the Panhandle region with the overall average being reported from 11 to 11.5%
In Northeast Oklahoma harvest has moved forward to being 90% 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 85%
North Central Oklahoma
Pond Creek 95%
Ponca City 90%
Northwest and the Panhandle
Boise City 0%
The Oklahoma Wheat Commission plans to release their next report on harvest on Wednesday, June 22th.
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