Most Oklahoma Farmers Wait for Fields to Dry as 2019 Harvest Inches Forward- Early Reports Hint of Good Yields and QualityTue, 11 Jun 2019 04:46:40 CDT
Harvest progressed in all areas of Southwest Oklahoma over the weekend, with combines moving today in some parts of South-central Oklahoma and Central Oklahoma. Heavy rains on Sunday hindered progress in many parts. Note that the latest Crop Weather update for Oklahoma shows just 4% of the 2019 crop has been harvested, compared to 43% harvested at this point in 2018 and 32% harvested by this date on average. Click or tap here for the complete Oklahoma Crop Weather update as released on Monday afternoon, June 10th.
Pictures are starting to come in from harvest 2019- this one taken near Chattanooga by Talia Gammill- wheat flowing into the grain cart by the light of the moon as the American Flag stands watch!
In most areas it has been a struggle for producers to get into the field but many elevator locations were hopeful to see combines moving later this afternoon in the above mentioned corridors.
Grandfield-Harvest has progressed over the weekend with 15% completed. Test weights reported at 59-62 lbs. per bushel. Yields reported from 30 to 45 bushels per acres, with an occasional yield reported higher from time to time.
Chattanooga-Harvest in this region is reported 20% complete. Test weights reported from 58 to 62 lbs. per bushel. Currently wheat from the region is averaging a 60 lb. test weight as of today. Yields reported from 35 to 40 bushels per acre, with some reports coming in at 50 bushels per acre.
Frederick-Harvest in this region has dodged the rains over the past week so producers in this region have been able to get a large amount of wheat cut in this area. As of today, they are reporting 60 percent in this region to be harvested. Test weights have ranged all over the board from at 58 to 64 lbs. per bushel. Currently it looks like the region will be coming in at a 59 to 60 lb. average for test weight on reports based from today. Yields on the wheat harvested have come in higher than projected for the region with many 40 bushel averages reported.
Apache-As of today no wheat has been taken in at this region but elevator managers were hopeful some would start cutting later this afternoon, if the ground will hold the combines.
Lawton-Test weights reported from 59 lbs. to 60 lbs. per bushel on wheat harvested this weekend. No yields have been reported.
Sentinel-No wheat was taken in at this location over the weekend, but producers were hoping to start cutting later this afternoon, if the ground will hold the combines.
Rocky-Harvest has started around the Rocky area over the weekend, with reports of test weights being in the 58 to 60 lbs. per bushel range. So far the test weights have been closer to 60 lbs. per bushel. Yields on some of the heavily pastured wheat that was ready for harvest was making in the mid 40ís to low 50ís. Some lower yields of 35 bushel per acre were also reported.
Cordell-Harvest started in this region over the weekend. Test weights ranged from 58 to 60 lbs. per bushel. Yields reported in the mid 30ís to the mid 40ís.
Hinton-No wheat had been taken in at this location at the time of this report
El Reno-No wheat had been taken in at El Reno at the time of this report. Producers are hopeful to get in the field in parts of the area this evening or on Tuesday if it continues to stay dry.
Okarche-Some harvest began in the region on Saturday evening and was delayed due to rains on Sunday morning. Early reports show test weights ranging from 57 to 59 lbs. per bushel in this region. Yields in the region on early cuttings being reported in the low 40ís.
Kingfisher-Harvest started on Saturday and was delayed by rains Sunday morning, producers were hopeful to get back into the fields this afternoon if the ground will carry them. Test weights ranging from 58 to 63 lbs. per bushel. Yields have been ranging from 35 to the mid 40ís for the most part. Some reports of an occasional 50 plus.
Omega-Harvest started on Saturday in this region and was delayed by rains on Sunday, producers are hopeful to get back into the fields this afternoon, where the ground will carry them. Test weights ranging from 59 to 60 lbs. per bushel. The yield from early reports are ranging from the mid 30ís to the mid 40ís.
Reeding/Cashion-Harvest started on Saturday in this region and was delayed by rains on Sunday, producers are hopeful to get back into the fields in this part of the region this afternoon, where the ground will carry them. Test weights in this region have been ranging from 58 to 61 lbs. per bushel. The early yield reports are ranging from the mid 30ís to mid 40ís.
Test weights and yields are coming in much more favorable than expected, however producers in all regions still have great concerns of getting the crop out with the future weather predictions of rain for the mid-week and this weekend. It is remarkable the way the crop has held up to this point, but all farmers are on edge about if they will be able to get in the fields before further rains start taking their toll. While several reports are showing averages from 35 bushels to 45 bushels per acre, we have also had reports of some 50 plus yields with an occasional 60 and 70 being reported. Even though these numbers look favorable today in reference to quantity and quality, we still have a long way to go before we get this crop out. The Oklahoma Wheat Commission is calling harvest to be 6 percent complete as of Monday afternoon, June 10th. Protein reports across the state are not as favorable as last year from the early reports. Producers who put later fertilizer applications and split fertilizer applications are seeing higher protein numbers. Protein reports have ranged from 9.5 to as high as 13 percent depending on location and management practices. As of today statewide protein averages across the state are ranging from 10.8 to 11.5 percent for the most part.
Source- Oklahoma Wheat Commission
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