Wheat Harvest at a Standstill in Southwest Oklahoma with Farmers Delayed by High Moisture LevelsWed, 24 May 2017 14:31:17 CDT
The Oklahoma Wheat Commission will be releasing harvest updates on a regular basis during the 2017 wheat harvest season. Below is today's report from Oklahoma Wheat Commission Executive Director Mike Schulte:
Harvest continues to be at a standstill in Southwest Oklahoma as of Wednesday morning, with the hopes that combines will be rolling in places later this afternoon. Storms on Monday night with the cooler temperatures have caused high moisture levels. Producers are also dealing with mud issues in the fields. Some areas in this region have had severe hail damage due to the storms on Monday night. Producers and custom cutters are hopeful they will get into the fields later this afternoon.
Harvest in Oklahoma was brought to a standstill last Thursday with heavy rains and high humidity in many locations throughout the state. High humidity also hindered a lot from being cut in the Southern regions on Wednesday of that week as well. Reports from the Mesonet over 24 hours prior to last week's report, showed rainfall averages in Oklahoma from .01 to 3.55 inches of moisture throughout places in the Western and Central Regions of the state. Producer reports from different regions also reported higher rainfall amounts than what was reported on the Mesonet in several locations. In areas around Alva it was reported some parts got more than 4 inches of moisture. The crop has ripened in several areas across the state this past week. It was the thought of many that harvest would be in full swing in most parts of Southern Oklahoma by the middle of this week, but now producers think it will be much later based on weather from this weekend and the beginning of this week. On the wheat that was being harvested test weights before the rains were ranging from 60 to 65 lbs./bu, with yields being reported everywhere from the mid 20ís on heavily grazed wheat to the mid 40ís on wheat that was non-grazed. Many producers have faced severe water damage leaving the crop pushed down, while many in different locations across the state are also reporting severe hail damage.
The next harvest report from the Oklahoma Wheat Commission will be published on Friday, May 26, 2017.
Source - Oklahoma Wheat Commission
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