Okarche Farmer and OK Wheat Commission Board Member Michael Peters Reports a 20 bpa HarvestMon, 04 Jun 2018 17:07:35 CDT
Wheat harvest is underway in some parts of Oklahoma. Okarche wheat growers and Oklahoma Wheat Commission Board Member Michael Peters of Peters Farms recently shared the details of his crop’s harvest this past week. According to him, his Canadian County farm has produced lower than normal yields this season at about 20 to 25 bushels an acre with a 20 bpa average. Peters attributes this to a lack of timely moisture that hampered his wheat to reach its full grain fill potential.
“I would say we’re shooting probably half of what we normally would expect as far as yields,” he said.
Despite the low yields, Peters says the grain that was harvested is of good quality. For now, it looks as if his crop is hovering just above the point that crop insurance would kick-in. He is fairly certain, though, that he will not have to file this year.
Early averages for his area have pegged test weights at approximately 55 to 58 pounds a bushel. Just up the road in Kingfisher, wheat is averaging 60 to 62 pound test weights with protein levels ranging between 10.9 and 14 percent. The highest recorded yields in this area have come in as high as 45 bpa. However, high abandonment is being reported.
According to this week’s USDA Crop Progress Report, Oklahoma’s wheat harvest is only seven percent complete, behind nine for the five-year average and 22 percent last year.
Prior to this past weekend, Plains Grains was calling the state’s harvest roughly 15 percent complete.
Listen to Peters offer his farm’s harvest report for this year, by clicking or tapping the LISTEN BAR below.
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