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Oklahoma Wheat Harvest Starts Back Up in Northern Oklahoma and is 96% complete Across the State

Wed, 24 Jun 2020 22:11:26 CDT

Oklahoma Wheat Harvest Starts Back Up in Northern Oklahoma and is 96% complete Across the State The latest Harvest Report from Mike Schulte at the Oklahoma Wheat Commission for June 24, 2020 shows Combines have started moving again yesterday afternoon in the wheat that remains left to be harvested in North Central and Northwest Oklahoma.   Harvest also continues in the Panhandle regions on the irrigated wheat. All other regions of the state for the most part is completed, and the Oklahoma Wheat Commission is calling wheat harvest 96% finished.   

Due to rain, some test weights have dropped a little in North Central and Northwest Oklahoma but the average is still coming in at 60 lbs. to 61 lbs. per bushel in this region. Test weight averages across the state have been extremely favorable in all regions, with most of the crop coming in at 61 lbs. to 64 lbs. per bushel.   Yields in North Central and Northwest Oklahoma continue to range from the mid 40 to mid-60 bushels per acres depending on variety and location. In the Panhandle regions, irrigated wheat harvest continues. Yields on irrigated wheat in the central to the western regions of the Panhandle have not been as favorable as years past with a lot of irrigated wheat making 50 to 75 bushels per acre, with an occasional report of 100 bushels per acre or slightly higher. Test weights in the Panhandle continue steady at 60 lbs. to 62 lbs. per bushel. In some areas on the earlier harvested dryland wheat, test weights were a bit lower at 58 lbs. per bushel. Proteins across the state for this 2020 harvest have ranged from 8% to as high as 15.5%.   

North Central and Northwest

Kremlin/Pond Creek/Medford/Blackwell/Cherokee/Burlington- Harvest is 96% complete. Producers who have wheat left in the fields in these areas were able to get bank in the fields yesterday. Test weights on the wheat being harvested now have dropped some but overall the test weight averages for North Central and Northwest Oklahoma have been extremely favorable with averages ranging from 61 lbs. to 64 lbs. per bushel.

Yields in these regions are being reported from the mid 40 to mid-60ís depending on variety and location. Some fields with intensive management practices have been reported to have made 90 to 120 bushels per acre. Proteins are ranging all over the board from 9% to as high as 15%.
Panhandle Region

Texhoma/Guymon/Hooker Much of the dryland wheat in this area has been utilized for other purposes due to the extreme drought conditions.    Yields on irrigated wheat are reported at 60 to 90 bushels per acre. Some higher yields over 100 bushels per acre have been reported on fields with intensive management practices. Test weights are ranging from 61 lbs. to 66 lbs. per bushel. Proteins are ranging from 12% to 14.5%. Harvest in this area is approximately 85% complete.

Boise City- Harvest is 70% complete. For the most part, test weights on all wheat are favorable coming in at 60 lbs. to 63 lbs. per bushel. Protein is ranging from 11.0% to 14.9%. Yields on the dryland have been making in the mid-teens to mid-20ís.   Irrigated wheat is ranging from 50 to 75 bushels per acre.

Northeast Oklahoma
Afton and Miami- Harvest is 99% complete. Harvest started last Wednesday and producers in this region were able to get everything harvested over a 3 to 4-day period, before rains came in early Monday morning. Yields ranged from 20 to 40 bushels per acre and were much lower due to excessive moisture and late freezes. Few wheat acres were harvested in this region due to producers putting most acres into summer crops.   Test weights were extremely favorable ranging from 61 lbs. to 62 lbs. per bushel even on the Soft Red Winter wheat that was harvested. Soft Red Winter wheat test weights are usually much lighter but this year they managed to come in just as high as the Hard Red Winter wheat acres. No proteins were reported.

(wheat pic courtesy of Anthony Adams)



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