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Plains Grains Says Oklahoma Wheat Harvest 99% Complete- Kansas Nearing Three Fourths Done This Week

Fri, 12 Jul 2019 12:37:28 CDT

Plains Grains Says Oklahoma Wheat Harvest 99% Complete- Kansas Nearing Three Fourths Done This Week

The latest wheat harvest report for the hard red winter wheat belt from Plains Grains has been released by their Executive Director, Mark Hodges. Hodges tells Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays that “We’re really pleased this year. We have a little lower protein than probably what we would like to see. Right now, we’re averaging 11.3 percent on protein.” While that number is a little lower than what is ideal, Hodges says the qualit of the protein is great. “The preliminary testing we’ve done with subsamples indicates an issue of quantity of protein, not quality. We have high quality in this protein we’ve got. It’s a lot easier to fix problems under those conditions if there are any. So, we’re very happy about what we’re seeing.”

One thing that Plains Grains does not report on are yields- but Hodges confirmed what the Oklahoma Farm Report has heard from more than one farmer- the yields on many farms are remarkable. “It’s not unusual to hear 70, 80, 90 bushels an acre… some higher than that. We’re pleased from that standpoint because producers need as much help as they can get with the market the way it is. So, hopefully more bushels puts more money in their pockets.”

You can listen to the full conversation that Hays and Hodges had on Thursday afternoon by clicking on the LISTEN BAR below- and you can read the text of the Plains Grains harvest report which follows- and you can also check out the full report by clicking or tapping on the PDF link at the bottom of this story.

"Harvest of the 2019 HRW wheat crop continues to move quickly through the southern and central Great Plains as heat and drier weather associated with a high pressure system continues to build and expand. Texas is now 97% complete with harvest, with limited areas in far northwest (higher elevation) parts of the state left to cut. Oklahoma is now 99% complete with areas in the far northwest (higher elevation) and northeast (slowed by rain) parts of the state left to harvest. Kansas is now over 70% harvested with areas in the southern half of the state starting to wind down, while northeast and north central areas of Kansas have moved past the 50% complete mark. Northwest Kansas is significantly behind the rest of the state with still less than 20% of that area cut as of this report. Colorado is now 17% harvested with most cutting being in the southeastern areas of the state, but is moving northward quickly into the east central region. Nebraska has begun harvesting in the southeastern corner of the state at 3% cut. Oregon has begun limited cutting with 5% now harvested.

"A total 180 samples are now in the lab and in various stages of analysis. Those 180 samples represent a geographical area ranging from all of Texas, across all of Oklahoma and into the southern half of Kansas. The test weight average of those samples now averages (1HRW) 60.1 lb/bu (79.1 kg/hl) up from last week’s 59.9 lb/bu (78.8 kg/hl), average dockage is up slightly this week at 0.5% from 0.4%, total defects increased slightly (1.5% last week) to 1.6% this week. Average protein remained consistent across the 180 samples this week at 11.3%"

Source- Plains Grains    



Ron Hays talks with Mark Hodges of Plains Grains about the 2019 HRW Wheat Harvest
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