Harvest Progress Ramps Up- Oklahoma Wheat Commission Calls Harvest 47% CompleteMon, 24 Jun 2019 20:24:23 CDT
Oklahoma wheat harvest continues from the Oklahoma Texas border to the Oklahoma Kansas border with combines also moving in the Panhandle regions. Some minor cutting has taken place in the Afton and Miami regions, with little progress due to the continued moisture in that NE quadrant of the state. Since the last Wheat Commission Report the middle of last week- harvest has expanded dramatically with the Oklahoma Wheat Commission calling harvest 47 percent complete as of Monday afternoon, June 24th.
Sporadic rains have continued to create harvesting delays in parts of Central, North Central and Northeast Oklahoma over the past few days depending where the storms were located. Producers and custom harvesting crews finally had an opportunity to make great progress this past Friday, Saturday and Sunday in most regions. The quality of this crop, given all the moisture it has received, continues to be favorable in most areas with favorable test weights and high yields being reported in many regions. In some areas, due to the continued moisture, the crop will be a total loss especially in the lower lying regions where it has been flooded. So far, the losses to flooding are going to compensated by higher than average yields in other areas across the state. Test weights have dropped in Central and Northern regions across Oklahoma, but elevator managers are hopeful we will come in with a 57 lb. to 59 lb. per bushel average statewide due to the higher test weights that were reported in Southwest Oklahoma and continue to be reported in areas West of Enid as well as in the Oklahoma Panhandle.
Here's the breakdown location by location:
Grandfield- Harvest in this region is close to being finished with 90 percent of harvest complete. It has been a good year for most producers in this area with test weights averaging 59 lbs. per bushel. Yield averages are reported in the mid 40ís to low 50ís.
Lawton- Harvest in this region is 95 percent complete with yield averages being reported in the mid 40ís to low 50ís. Test weights range from 58 lbs. to 60 lbs. per bushel.
Frederick-Harvest is considered to be 96 percent 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 95 percent complete. Test weights range from 58 lbs. to 60 lbs. per bushel. A lot of yields reported in the low 40ís to mid 50ís.
Lone Wolf-They are reporting this area to be 95 percent harvested. Test weights have ranged 58 lbs. to 60 lbs. per bushel. Yields have been reported from the mid 30ís to the mid 50ís. The majority of the wheat has made in the mid to low 40ís.
Chickasha-Harvest in this area has been a struggle with continued rain. This afternoon, they are calling the region 55 percent complete. On the wheat that has been harvested, the yields are averaging in the low to mid 40ís. Test weights have dropped in this area ranging from 55 lbs. to 57 lbs. per bushel. Some of the earlier harvested wheat was weighing 60 lbs. per bushel.
Sentinel-Harvest has progressed in the region with approximately 80 to 85 percent of the crop harvested. Test weights have been averaging from 58 lbs. to 60 lbs. per bushel. A lot of wheat is being reported in the mid 40ís to mid 50ís, with some reports as high as 75 bushels per acre.
Rocky-Harvest has progressed in the region with approximately 90 percent complete. Test weights are averaging 58 lbs. to 60 lbs. per bushel, yields being reported in the low 40ís to low 50ís.
Kingfisher/Omega/Greenfield/Watonga-Combining in this area finally progressed over the weekend and in this part of Central Oklahoma they are calling harvest 60 percent complete. 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 due to rain. Currently the region is looking at a 58 lb. to 59 lb. per bushel test weight average depending on location. Yields on the wheat being harvested is being reported in the low to mid 40ís, with several 50 bushel fields also being reported. Around the Greenfield area harvest got started earlier this year, and because of this test weights and yields were much higher in this region. A lot of 60 plus test weights were reported with several yields also reported making over 60 bushels per acre.
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 45 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 30 percent complete. Test weights on the early wheat received has been ranging from 60 lbs. to 61 lbs. per bushel with a slight drop in some areas over the weekend. Early yield reports have been ranging in the mid 30ís to mid 60ís. The quality of the wheat has been holding up so far since the wheat was later to maturity and has dodged some the heavier storms that have passed thru Northwest Oklahoma over the past few weeks.
Pond Creek-Harvest in this area is 40 percent complete. Test weights have been ranging all over the board, with an average of 56 lbs. to 57 lbs. being reported as of today. Yields are being reported from the mid 30ís to mid 50ís for the most part.
Perry/Tonkawa/Kildare- Harvest in this region has struggled to progress with approximately 10 percent of the region complete. The test weights on early cuttings were averaging 58 lbs. per bushel, but many producers are concerned the test weights have most likely dropped due to continued rain. Early yields are being reported in the high 30ís to low 40ís.
Afton/Miami-Harvest in this region has barely gotten started with only 5 to 8 percent complete, due to the untimely moisture received this past month. Test weights have been ranging all over the board from 55 lbs. to 60 lbs. per bushel. Yields on early cuttings ranging from 20 to 50 bushels per acre. Since the wheat was later to maturity in this region, so far it has helped test weights from being a complete loss.
Hooker-Harvest started this past Thursday evening in this part of the Panhandle region in Oklahoma. Only dryland wheat harvest has started and most likely by the end of this week some producers will start getting into the irrigated wheat. Yields on the dryland wheat being reported from 25 to 70 bushels per acre depending on the variety and location. Test weights have been ranging from 61 to 63 lbs. per bushel.
Yields and test weights being reported continue to be positive for the most part although losses to yield and test weights are being noted in parts of Central, North Central and Northeast Oklahoma. No sprout damage has been reported coming across scales at elevators. In areas of Northern Oklahoma, agronomist and producers are aware that sprout damage exists in several water-logged fields that have been scouted. In many instances, those fields will most likely not be harvested. 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. We have also heard locations say those numbers are trending up as harvest progresses. It has not been uncommon to hear reports coming in at 12 to 13.5 in areas South and West of Enid. Proteins being reported in the Panhandle regions have not been as favorable on the early harvest reports, but early test are still showing a 10.8 to 11 percent average as of today.
Enclosed, see the next 24 hour weather forecast for the Western area of Oklahoma provided by NOAA and the last 2-day rainfall accumulation chart across the state of Oklahoma provided by the Oklahoma Mesonet. It should be noted that in some areas, producers and elevator managers were reporting higher rainfall amounts especially in Northern Oklahoma than what currently has been reported on the Mesonet sites.
Source- Oklahoma Wheat Commission
The picture above is from Woods County- taken by Chelsey Hieronymus
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