2021 Oklahoma Wheat Harvest Has Begun- But is On Hold Waiting for Dry WeatherMon, 31 May 2021 17:04:15 EDT
Wheat harvest actually started last Saturday in southwest Oklahoma- but damp weather has it on hold for now- and perhaps for several days. Third generation custom wheat harvester JC Schemper from Holdrege, Nebraska talked with Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays on Memorial Day afternoon about the 2021 wheat crop that he is seeing around Davidson, Oklahoma in Tillman County- and his optimism about the crop that is waiting to be harvested is obvious.
Schemper says that he was able to harvest and take to the Frederick CHS Coop one load coming from a dryland field that had a 14 percent moisture reading- 61 pound test weight and 68 bushels per acre. He was also working in an irrigated field that 13.2 to 13.8 percent moisture, 61 pound test weight and 100 bushels per acre yield before light rain halted his efforts in that field. Clouds and a few rain drops kept him on the sidelines Sunday and then 1.8 to 2 inches of rain fell overnight in the area early Monday morning- likely meaning harvest won't resume for several days in that locale.
Schemper says it's not just the rain- but the wheat is simply not quite fully ripened- he is seeing green wheat that is not quite ready. He adds that we finally "have a nice crop" and says if hail will stay away- it could be a bumper harvest in this corner of Oklahoma. "These fields are clean- there are not too many weeds in them- the heads are big...I am really optimistic abouty how good this could be- and hopefull it will come around pretty soon."
Schemper adds that other custom cutter friends are in the same boat- on both sides of the Red River and from Tillman County up to Jackson County on the Oklahoma side of the state line.
You can can listen to the full conversation that Ron Hays had with JC Schemper by clicking on the LISTEN BAR below.
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