Oklahoma Wheat Commission's Mike Schulte Says Wheat Harvest in the State around 8 Percent CompleteWed, 03 Jun 2020 16:16:50 CDT
Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays caught up with Mike Schulte with the Oklahoma Wheat Commission to disucss this weeks Wheat Commission report for June 3. Click on the listen link below to hear their complete converation about the way the 2020 Wheat harvest in Oklahoma.
Oklahoma wheat harvest continues throughout the state with harvest taking place on the Oklahoma/Texas border to regions as far North as Waukomis and Marshall. The Oklahoma Wheat Commission is estimating harvest to be 8 percent complete, with some regions in Central Oklahoma around Okarche, Piedmont and Kingfisher to already be 20 percent harvested. In Southwest Oklahoma, around the Grandfield area, estimates are coming in with the crop to be 50 percent harvested and around Frederick, they are estimating 75 percent of the crop harvested with speculation that harvest will be over in this region by the weekend if dry weather continues.
Harvest around Grandfield and Frederick is moving faster due to lack of acres that will be cut because of the severe freeze damage. Overall, it is estimated it will be a few more days before combines start rolling in North Central and Northwest Oklahoma, with producerís hopeful they will be in the fields over the weekend. Harvest has also been slower to start in the Chickasha, Apache, Hinton, Rocky and Sentinel regions due to higher moisture with the wheat not quite ready. Producers are hopeful harvest will get rolling this afternoon and tomorrow. Low yield reports continue to come from most areas of Southwest Oklahoma. Reports are ranging from 5 to 25 bushels per acre with the occasional report of a field making in the mid 30ís. As harvest has progressed into the central part of Oklahoma, the reported yields are ranging from the low 30ís to mid 40ís, with some reports of fields yielding in the mid 50ís to low 60ís.
Test weights across the state are coming in exceptionally well. An occasional weight has been reported in the mid to high 50ís, but most reports of 60 lbs. per bushel or higher are being made. Proteins around the state are varying across the board from 8 to as high as 15.5. While lower proteins have been reported in some areas, elevator managers are hopeful the higher proteins will balance out the lower numbers with the goal of making an 11 to 11.5 percent average for the state, based on numbers we are seeing today.
Grandfield/Chattanooga-Harvest in this region has been moving along at a fast pace. Yield reports are ranging from 5 to 25 bushels per acre, with an occasional field being reported in the low 30ís. Test weights have ranged from 58 lbs. to 62 lbs. per bushel, with the average running at 61 lbs. per bushel. Much of the wheat has been put up for hay, and it looks like approximately only 1/3 of the crop that is normally harvested will be hauled to elevators. Proteins have not been reported from this area.
Frederick--Harvest in this region has been moving ahead quickly and yields are being reported across the board from the 10 to 25 bushel per acre range. They have had a couple reports of the occasional field making in the mid 30ís, with a few also reported to be making in the low 40ís. Test weights are running from 59 lbs. to 61 lbs. per bushel as an average. Much of the crop has been put up for hay, with very little intended for harvest. If dry weather continues, harvest will most likely be completed by the end of the weekend. Protein reports from this area are ranging all over the board from 9% to as high as 15.5%. Elevator managers are hopeful proteins will average out with the possibility of an 11% to 11.5% average.
Altus -Harvest from this area has been moving at full speed but yields so far have been a little more disappointing than what was expected. Test weights are ranging from 58 lbs. to 61 lbs. per bushel and yields for the area are being reported at 5 to 30 bushels per acre, depending on the variety and location. Elevation has played a major factor on how the late freeze impacted the crop, with producers reporting some fields having higher yields in the regions with higher elevations and complete losses when they get into the lower lying vicinities. Proteins have been reported to be extremely favorable in the ranges of 11.5% to 12%. If the dry weather remains, it is estimated much of the area around Altus will he harvested by the end of this weekend.
Lawton/Apache- Some reports of early harvest are just starting to take place in this region. As of this morning the Apache Farmers Cooperative had only taken in 4 loads of grain due to moisture not being quite ready. On what was hauled in, it looks like yields will be favorable. Test weights were reported at 62 lbs. per bushel, with protein ranging from 10% to 13%.
Sentinel/Rocky- Harvest had a good start the last couple days in this region on some of the earlier maturing and heavily grazed wheat but has been hindered due to higher humidity making moisture an issue. Producers are hopeful to start moving faster this afternoon. At both locations, yields are being reported in the low to mid 20ís. 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 on the wheat being harvested is ranging from 60 lbs. to 62 lbs. per bushel. It is estimated this area is 15% harvested.
Hinton- No reports of wheat being harvested in this region as of today.
Okarche/Piedmont/Cashion--Harvest has started the past two days in this region. Yields are ranging anywhere from the mid 30ís to the mid 50ís depending on variety and location. Test weights are extremely favorable, ranging from 61lbs. to 65 lbs. per bushel. Proteins are a mixed lot, ranging from 9% to 11%.
Reeding/Kingfisher/Omega/Loyal--This region has progressed with harvest the last couple days with approximately 20 percent harvested. Yields have been reported in the low to mid 40ís. Test weights have been positive with reports ranging from 60 lbs. to 64 lbs. per bushel. Proteins are ranging from 9% to 12%, depending on variety and location.
Bison and Marshall- We have had reports of some wheat being taken at Bison and combines also moving around the Marshall area. Early reports are showing high test weights in the 60 lbs. to 64 lbs. per bushel range. Yields have not been reported yet in this region and not enough proteins have been reported to make an indication.
A test sample was cut around the Pond Creek area last night and came in at 19% moisture. Producers in Northern and Northwest Oklahoma are hopeful if the weather stays dry, they will see combines rolling in these areas beginning this weekend.
The next harvest report by the Oklahoma Wheat Commission will be published Monday, June 8, 2020.
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