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Plains Grains Calls Oklahoma Wheat Harvest Three Percent Done With Hope for Active Harvest This Memorial Day Weekend

Fri, 26 May 2017 05:26:03 CDT

Plains Grains Calls Oklahoma Wheat Harvest Three Percent Done With Hope for Active Harvest This Memorial Day Weekend Plains Grain offers a weekly hard red winter wheat harvest report on Thursday evenings during the harvest season. The following report was issued on Thursday night, May 25, 2017.

The 2017 HRW wheat harvest was slowed or completely stopped during the first part of the week with cooler temperatures and rain showers extending from central Texas and across southwest Oklahoma. However, harvest in most of these areas is still a week or more ahead of normal harvest dates and resumed late week. While the overall harvested percentage in Texas is now at 20%, cutting in the area that includes central Texas and extending northward to approximately 50 miles south of the Oklahoma border is now more than 75% complete. Yields in this area are still being reported in a range from 20 bu/ac 40 bu/ac (1.3 tons/ha 2.7 tons/ha) with test weights ranging from 59 lb/bu to 65 lb/bu (77.6 kg/hl 85.4 kg/hl).

Plains Grains now reports that Texas is 20% complete with harvest and Oklahoma has started with 3% harvested. No other states report any measurable harvest to date.

The first 14 samples of an expected 530 are now in the lab and initial testing has begun. The first few samples are reflective of very good test weights averaging 61.6 lb/bu (81.0 kg/hl). Dockage and shrunken and broken are (0.9% and 1.2% respectively) higher at this point than last years overall at (0.6% and 0.8% respectively). Average protein is 10.6%. However, a reminder this is a very small number of early samples that may or may not reflect the overall crop. TKW and FN were not available at this writing.

Chances of additional precipitation in areas of Texas and southern Oklahoma now ready to harvest over the next week are small. That coupled with predicted temperatures increasing to the upper 80s into the 90s in that same region should be conducive to harvest moving into full swing in southwestern Oklahoma and starting to wind down in central Texas over the next week.

For more on Plains Grains, click here for their website.



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