Oklahoma Wheat Harvest Racing to the Finish Line- Wheat Commssion Calls Harvest Ninety Percent CompleteWed, 17 Jun 2020 18:25:39 CDT
Oklahoma Wheat Harvest Full Speed Ahead at 90% Complete
Harvest Report June 17, 2020
Courtesy Oklahoma Wheat Commission
Oklahoma Wheat harvest has moved forward at full speed with great progress being made in the North Central and Northwest regions of the state. Harvest in Southwest, South Central and Central, Oklahoma is for the most part complete, with a few producers still cutting in these regions. Around the Bison, Enid, Helena, Goltry regions, we are calling this area 95% complete. In the Medford, Deer Creek, Blackwell regions, harvest is approximately 90% complete. In the Northwest, around Cherokee, Burlington and Alva, harvest is 90% to 95% complete. In the Shattuck and Buffalo regions, harvest is 85% complete. Moving across the Panhandle producers have started cutting irrigated wheat in the Hooker region as well as in the Boise City area. Harvest is 70 to 75% complete in Hooker and is approximately 50% complete in Boise City. In Northeast, Oklahoma, by Afton and Miami, harvest is just getting started and is approximately 5% complete. Test weights across the state are being reported as extremely positive with averages for all regions ranging from 61 lbs. to 64 lbs. per bushel. Several higher test weights are coming in around 65 lbs. to 66 lbs. as harvest has progressed North. In Northern Oklahoma, wheat is ranging from the mid 40ís to mid 60ís, with locations reporting much higher yields on fields that had intensive management practices. The dryland wheat around Shattuck has not yielded as high but has remained steady with quality, while in the Buffalo regions, better yields are being reported in the high 30ís to mid 50ís. The dryland wheat in the western parts of the Panhandle, from Texhoma to Hooker, has not been as favorable, with several dryland fields not being harvested, and what has been harvested on the dryland was making in the mid teens to mid 20ís due to drought. The irrigated wheat in the Panhandle around Texhoma and Hooker is reporting good test weights and favorable yields making 100 bushels to 150 bushels per acre depending on variety and location. As you move farther west, where producers have had much more severe drought conditions, the irrigated wheat will most likely not yield that high but no yields have been reported in Cimarron county on irrigated wheat as of today. Proteins across the state have ranged from 8.0% to as high as 15.5%. Producers are seeing higher proteins in parts of Northern Oklahoma due to increased nitrogen rates, but in other places we have also seen lower proteins due to the environment of this growing season. Certain locations in the Panhandle reporting higher proteins. The Oklahoma Wheat Commission is calling Oklahoma Wheat Harvest 90% completed.
(Picture posted on Oklahoma Wheat Commission- courtesy of Barrington Land and Cattle Company in Comanche County)
Grandfield/Chattanooga-Harvest in this region is 99 percent complete. Yield reports are ranging from 5 to 25 bushels per acre. In some parts of the Grandfield region, the later planted wheat is doing much better with some reporting yields in the mid 40ís, although very rare. Test weights have ranged from 58 lbs. to 62 lbs. per bushel, averaging 61 lbs. per bushel. A large percent of wheat has been cut for hay but later planted wheat has made for more wheat harvested than originally predicted. The Grandfield location was hoping to take in 1/3 of the wheat that would normally be harvested, but that number has now changed to 1/2. Proteins ranging from 9% to 13%, with hopes of an 11.5% average.
Altus/ Hobart/Lone Wolf/Gotebo- Harvest is 99% completed. Yields are ranging anywhere from 15 to 40 bushels per acre, with more leaning to the lower numbers. Some of the later planted wheat is doing better, with an occasional 50 bushels per acre. The test weight average is reported at 61 lbs. per bushel for this entire area. The protein average is currently at 11.5%.
Apache- Harvest is 99% completed. Test weights for the Apache location will average 62 lbs. to 63 lbs. per bushel. Yields in this area for the most part have been from the mid 40ís to the mid 50ís, with some lower yields on lower lying fields due to severe freeze damage. No proteins were reported.
Sentinel/Rocky- Harvest is 99% complete. At both locations, yields are being reported in the low 20ís to mid 30ís. The severe drought, late freeze and heavy hail damage have really impacted what will be harvested. A lot of wheat has already cut for hay. Test weights are ranging from 60 lbs. to 62 lbs. per bushel. No proteins were reported.
Okarche/Reeding/Kingfisher/Omega -Harvest is 99% complete. Yields have been in the upper 30ís to mid 60ís. Test weights have been positive ranging from 62 lbs. to 66 lbs. per bushel. Proteins are ranging from 9% to 12%, depending on variety and location.
Greenfield- This region is 99 percent completed. Test weights are ranging from 63 lbs. to 66 lbs. per bushel. The lowest yield reported at this location was 36 bushels per acre. Several fields are making in the high 40ís to mid 60ís, depending on variety and planting date. Proteins have ranged from 9% to 13%.
Goltry/Helena- Harvest has continued to move fast the last two days. This region is estimated to be 95% completed. Test weights have remained steady at 64 lbs. to 65 lbs. per bushel average. Yields have been from the high 30ís to the mid 60ís.
Kremlin/Pond Creek/Medford/Blackwell- The south end of this region is reported 95% complete and the North end is reported to be 90% finished. The yields are falling in the mid 40ís to mid 60ís. Test weights are averaging 64 lbs. per bushel. Proteins are ranging from 9% to as high as 15%.
Alva/Buffalo-Harvest in Alva is 99% complete and Buffalo is 85 to 90% finished. Test weights are exceptional ranging from 63 lbs. to 67 lbs. per bushel. Proteins are ranging from 9% to 11.5%. Yields around Alva are being reported in the mid 40ís to mid 60ís. In Buffalo, yields are being reported in the mid 30ís, with some in the low 50ís.
Shattuck-Harvest is 85% complete. Yields are ranging from 30 to 35 bushels per acre for the most part. Extreme drought conditions have made the yields lower in this region, but the quality continues to be favorable. Test weights are averaging 63 lbs. to 64 lbs. per bushel. Proteins are coming in at an 11% average.
Texhoma- Much of the dryland wheat in this area has been utilized for other purposes due to the extreme drought conditions. Harvest in this region has been rolling South of the Oklahoma border down by Gruver, Texas, with combines moving in the irrigated wheat for this area. Yields on irrigated wheat are reported at 110 bushels to 157 bushels per acre. Test weights are ranging from 61 lbs. to 66 lbs. per bushel. Proteins were not reported for this region. It is expected harvest will start moving faster on irrigated wheat in Texhoma later this week.
Hooker- Harvest continues with the dryland wheat and producers have started to get into irrigated wheat the last couple days. This region is 70 to 75% harvested. Yields on the dryland range anywhere from 15 to 25 bushels per acre and in some parts the occasional 30 is being reported on dryland. The irrigated wheat is coming in much more favorable with yields reported to be making 90 bushels to 120 bushels per acre. Test weights are ranging from 61 lbs. to 64 lbs. per bushel. Proteins are ranging from 10% to 13%.
Boise City- Harvest is 50% complete. For the most part test weights on the dryland wheat are favorable coming in at 60 lbs. per bushel. Protein is ranging from 11.9% to 14.9%. Yields on the dryland have been reported to mainly be coming in around the mid-teens due to extreme drought. No yields have been reported on the irrigated wheat as they are just getting started harvesting.
Afton and Miami- Harvest is just getting started with not much progress made because the wheat is not fully ripe in all places. As of today, harvest is 5% complete. Early test weights have been favorable coming in at 60 lbs. to 61 lbs. per bushel. No reports on yields have been made, but much of the wheat is expected to yield lower, due to severe freeze damage. No protein was reported.
Source- Oklahoma Wheat Commission
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