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OK Wheat Crop 25% Harvested as Rains Cause Further Delays, Damages

Wed, 19 Jun 2019 19:59:42 CDT

OK Wheat Crop 25% Harvested as Rains Cause Further Delays, Damages Oklahoma wheat harvest continues from the Oklahoma Texas border to the Oklahoma Kansas border with greater progress being made in the Southwest and in regions of Western Oklahoma. Rain continues to create harvesting delays in Central and Northern Oklahoma. As of last night, heavy rains left anywhere from 3/10ths to 1.5 inches of moisture depending on location, while some areas in the far southwest did not receive any moisture at all. Producers continue to struggle fighting with moisture and higher humidity in Chickasha, El Reno, Okarche, Piedmont, Kingfisher, Tonkawa, Kildare and Blackwell regions. Other areas dealing with heavier moisture this past week include Nash, Jet, Cherokee, and Burlington, OK. Parts of Northern Oklahoma have had so much moisture the past 4 weeks in several of the lower areas, the wheat is water logged and is now being considered a complete loss. In the upland areas where producers have managed to start cutting, yields seem to be still favorable. As of today, in Kay, Grant, Garfield, Major and Alfalfa counties, two crops are being reported, the crop that has been lost due to flooding and the crop that has survived because it was on higher ground. A large amount of wheat in Northern Oklahoma also has been later to mature and that has helped maintain test weights to this point.

Frederick-Harvest is considered to be 90% complete for this region. Test weights reported at 59-60 lbs. per bushel. Yields reported in the mid 40ís for the average. With some higher yields being noted in the mid 50ís.   

Altus-Harvest in this region is about 80% complete. Test weights range from 58 lbs. to 60 lbs. per bushel. A lot of yields reported in the low 40ís to mid 50ís.   

Apache-They are reporting this area to be 50 percent harvested. Light rains stopped harvest last night but producers are hopeful to be getting back into the fields later this afternoon. Producers have really been fighting mud in lower lying areas. Test weights have ranged all over the board from 56 lbs. to 63 lbs. per bushel, with the average at 59 lbs. per bushel. Yields have been reported from the mid 30ís to the mid 50ís. The majority of the wheat is making in the low to mid 40ís.   

Chickasha-Harvest in this area has been a struggle with continued rain happening. This afternoon, they are calling the region 25 to 30 percent completed. On the wheat that has been harvested the yields are averaging in the low to mid 40ís. Test weights have dropped but currently is holding onto a 58 lb. per bushel average.      

El Reno-Harvest in this area also has not been able to move forward like other parts due to excessive moisture the past two weeks. This area is considered to be 20 percent complete with harvest. Test weights have ranged all over the board from 52.5 lbs. to 61 lbs. per bushel, with a loss on weight this past week. Currently the region is looking at a 57 lb. to 58 lb. per bushel test weight average. Yields on the wheat being harvested is being reported in the low to mid 40ís.        

Greenfield-Harvest in this region has made greater progress than the areas 20 miles East due to lower moisture amounts received. This afternoon, they are calling this area 55 percent completed. Test weights have ranged from 57lbs. to 62 lbs. per bushel, but now are coming in at an average of 58 lbs. per bushel on the later harvested part of the crop. Yields on the wheat harvested have been extremely favorable reporting in the mid 50ís to higher 50ís.

Clinton-Harvest in this region is considered to be 30 percent complete. Heavy rains last night will delay progress this week. Test weights have dropped this past week looking at a 59 lbs. per bushel average. Yields being reported in the mid 30ís to high 40ís depending on location and variety.

Bison-This area is reporting harvest to be 25 percent complete. Test weights have been holding at 60 lbs. per bushel with concerns they will perhaps see a loss after the rains received last night. Yields have been favorable with ranges from the mid 40ís to mid 50ís.

Enid-Harvest in this region is reported at 30 percent complete. Test weights are being reported at 59 lbs. per bushel as the average. Yields reported in the mid 40ís to mid 50ís for the most part, with several yields also being reported in low 60ís.    

Goltry/Helena-Harvest in this region is considered to be 10 percent complete. Test weights on the early wheat received has been ranging from 60 lbs. to 61 lbs. per bushel. Early yield reports have been ranging in the mid 50ís to mid 60ís. The quality of the wheat has been holding up so far, producers are hopeful they will miss the predicted rains this coming weekend so they can start getting the crop out.

Cherokee- Harvest has not made much progress in this region over the past week. Less than 10 percent would be considered as being cut. Heavy rains over the past four weeks with more falling last night continue to make it difficult for progress to be made. Several of the lower lying areas are not going to be harvested which will impact the amount of wheat being taken in especially on the good bottom farms. Test weights have ranged all over the board from 52 lbs. to as high as 62 lbs. per bushel. Yields have also ranged all over the board from the low 30ís to as high as 60 bushels per acre depending on variety and location. Overall yield loss will be noted in Alfalfa county due to the untimely rains.

Jet/Nash-Harvest has been struggling to move forward in this region due to the rains received last night. This area has also received more of the rain going thru the state over the last four weeks than other parts. Test weights have been ranging from 55 lbs. to 58 lbs. per bushel. Yields have not been as favorable as reported in other regions on the early test cuttings that has been reported. A lot of the harvested wheat has been reported in the mid 30ís to low 40ís. This area is considered to be 5 percent complete with harvest.   

Kremlin-Test weights have dropped slightly from earlier harvest reports last week. Ranges on test weight are at 58 lbs. to 60 lbs. per bushel. Yields have been reported in the low 40ís to low 50ís depending on variety and location.          

Perry/Tonkawa/Kildare- Harvest started on Thursday and Friday last week with some early cuttings being taken in at all three locations. The Perry region is reported to be 8 percent complete with harvest, while Tonkawa and Kildare regions are reporting approximately 3% to 5% of the crop as harvested. The test weights are averaging 58 lbs. per bushel. Early yields are being reported in the high 30ís to low 40ís. The heavier rains have really impacted the wheat and producers concerned moving forward what quality is going to look like if we continue to get rains this coming week. Not much progress has been made due to heavy rains last night. If it continues to stay dry it looks like it might be Monday or Tuesday next week before combines get rolling at the earliest.   

Yields and test weights being reported continue to be positive for the most part although yield losses are being noted in parts of North and North Central Oklahoma. No sprout damage has been reported coming across scales at elevators, in areas of Northern Oklahoma, agronomist and producers are aware that it exists in several water-logged fields that have been scouted. In many instances, those fields will most likely not be harvested. If we can miss the upcoming predicted rains this weekend and get into a drier weather pattern, elevator managers are hopeful sprout damage is not something we are going to have to deal with. The Oklahoma Wheat Commission is calling harvest to be 25 percent complete as of Wednesday afternoon, June 19th. Protein reports continue to range all over the board 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 10.5 to 11.3 percent for the most part. It should be noted that protein numbers being reported in several locations on early harvested wheat in the Northern part of the state are coming in much higher than anticipated. It has not been uncommon to hear reports coming in at 12 to 13.5 in areas South and West of Enid.

Enclosed, see the next 24 hour weather forecast for the Western area of Oklahoma provided by NOAA and thelast 2-day rainfall accumulation chart across the state of Oklahoma provided by the Oklahoma Mesonet. It should be noted that in several areas producer and elevator managers were reporting much higher rainfall amounts especially in Northern Oklahoma than what currently has been reported on the Mesonet sites.

*The next harvest report will be published on Monday, June 24, 2019.

Source: Oklahoma Wheat Commission



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