Oklahoma Wheat Commission's Mike Schulte Says Wheat Harvest in the State Moving QuicklyMon, 08 Jun 2020 17:24:27 CDT
Mike Schulte with the Oklahoma Wheat Commission discusses this weeks Wheat Commission report for June 8, and says Oklahoma wheat harvest is moving ahead from Oklahoma/Texas Border to the Oklahoma/Kansas border in all regions of the state with harvest even on the dryland wheat in the Oklahoma Panhandle beginning over the weekend. Favorable weather conditions have producers moving as fast as they can in order to get the 2020 crop out. While the crop yields have not been as favorable in Southwest and parts of South Central Oklahoma, other regions of Central, North Central and Northwest Oklahoma seem to be extremely promising in regards to yields and test weights. The dryland wheat in Eastern portions of the Panhandle is reported to be doing well in places, but as you move West of Balko into Texas County, conditions are making for a poor yielding dryland crop. Producers in the Panhandle are hopeful once they start getting into the irrigated wheat in a week that those yields will be much better.
Test weights across the state are being reported as extremely favorable even in the Southwest regions where freeze damage created major yield loss on most of the crop. Overall across the state most test weight averages from all locations are averaging around 61 lbs. to 63 lbs. per bushel, and while lower test weights have been reported in some areas, extremely high test weights have also been reported up to 66 lbs. per bushel. Proteins are ranging all over the board, from 8% to as high as 15.5%. Statewide given the weather conditions that have allowed for the perfect grain fill and high test weights in most places with the crop not stressing as much, protein has been a concern, however most regions are still hopeful for an 11% to 11.5% protein availability for this crop. Based on assessments statewide the Oklahoma Wheat Commission is calling Oklahoma 34% harvested this Monday, June 8, 2020.
Grandfield/Chattanooga-Harvest has been moving along at a fast pace. Yield reports are ranging from 5 to 25 bushels per acre. In some parts of the Grandfield region, some of the later planted wheat is doing much better with some reporting yields in the mid 40ís, although that is still very rare. Test weights have ranged from 58 lbs. to 62 lbs. per bushel, with the average running at 61 lbs. per bushel. Even though much of the wheat has been put up for hay, some of the later planted wheat with higher yields are going to make the overall grain being hauled in better than what was previously predicted. At the beginning of harvest the Grandfield location was hoping to take in 1/3 of the wheat that would be normally harvested, but that number has now changed to 1/2. Proteins are reported to be all over the board ranging from 9% to 13% with hopes of an 11.5% average.
Altus/ Hobart/Lone Wolf/Gotebo- Harvest is 2/3 completed. Yields are ranging anywhere from 15 to 40 bushels per acre, with more being reported towards the lower numbers. Some of the later planted wheat is doing better, with some reports of an occasional 50 bushels per acre being reported. The test weight average is reported at 61 lbs. per bushel for this entire area. The protein average is reported currently at 11.5%.
Sentinel/Rocky- Harvest has really progressed over the weekend with 75% of the area completed. 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 been put up for hay. Test weights are ranging from 60 lbs. to 62 lbs. per bushel. No proteins were reported.
Reeding/Kingfisher/Omega/Watonga/Greenfield- This region has progressed greatly over the weekend and is 65% harvested. Yields have been reported in the upper 30ís to mid 60ís. Test weights have been positive with reports ranging from 62 lbs. to 66 lbs. per bushel. Proteins are ranging from 9% to 12%, depending on variety and location.
Kremlin/ Pond Creek/Medford/Blackwell- The south end of this region has kicked off with harvest being in full swing. Producers in the Northern areas of this region are just getting a good start as of today. The yields so far being reported for the most part are falling in the mid 40ís to mid 60ís. Test weights are averaging 62 lbs. to 63 lbs. per bushel. Proteins are ranging all over the board from 9% to as high as 15%, and it is too early for averages to be reported.
Shattuck/Fort Supply- Harvest is just getting started in these regions. The earlier wheat being harvested is reported to be making in the 25 to 40 bushel range depending on location and management practices. Test weights are averaging 62 lbs. per bushel. Proteins have ranged all over the board from 9% to 16.5%.
Hooker- Harvest just started over the weekend on the dryland wheat. Yields on the dryland are being reported anywhere from 15 to 25 bushels per acre. Irrigated wheat harvest is still 4 to 5 days out at the earliest. The irrigated wheat in the region does look favorable and producers are hopeful for decent irrigated yields. Test weights are ranging from 61 lbs. to 63 lbs. per bushel. Proteins are ranging all over the board from 10% to 13%.
Picture courtesy of the Wheat Commission on a Snyder, Oklahoma Wheatfield.
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