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Wheat Harvest Continues to Expand into some Central Oklahoma Locations.

Thu, 03 Jun 2010 5:05:02 CDT

Wheat Harvest Continues to Expand into some Central Oklahoma Locations. Indications are that the 2010 Hard Red Winter Wheat Harvest is going well as it gets started in southwestern Oklahoma. Most test weights we are hearing are from 60 to 62 pounds per bushel with yields all over the place- but an average in the mid 30s thus far is not that far out of line. (The picture here is from Tom Smith in Kiowa County- he says that this is Jagger wheat and that this field had a 62 pound test weight making probably in the 40 bushel range.)


Two reports coming from industry sources.


The Oklahoma Wheat Commission has posted the following town by town recap from the southwest on their Facebook page- and we thank them for their efforts in putting this info together for your information:


Altus area:
With only approximately 10 percent of the crop out of the fields, our reports of test weights and moisture are average of 60 pounds and 10 percent.


Apache area:
The elevator we spoke with reported three loads that were brought in today, with test weights from 59.5 to 61 pounds and moisture between 11.5 and 12.5 percent. They predict producers to really gear up over the coming weekend, signaling the start to harvest in their area.


Frederick area:
Reports are that roughly 40 percent of the crop is in the bin around the area. Test weights are still above the 62 pound mark with moisture averaging 11.5 percent. They feel that yesterday signified the official start of harvest and today has seen a steady flow of trucks.


Hobart area:
Being approximately 20 percent done, one report said test weights have been “awesome” and producers are bringing in loads that are in the 11 percent moisture range. This is the third full day of harvest for them and they are hopeful for yields to stay in the 40 bushel per acre or higher region that they are still seeing today.


Rocky area:
Harvest has slowly started in this area. Producers are reporting fields are either really dry or extremely wet and that can change even just crossing the road. Loads taken in today are averaging 10.5 percent moisture and have all came in with test weights over 60 pounds.


Sentinel area:
Harvest started in full force yesterday with only one account of yields, but it was over 40 bushels per acre. Moisture is in the 10.8 to 11.2 percent range and our reporters are happy with the test weights, from 61 to 63.5 pounds.


Walters area:
Everyone involved in harvest is busy in this area today. Test weights are averaging 62 pounds and their moisture readings range from 9.9 to 13.7 percent.


We also have this report courtesy of Plains Grains and Mark Hodges:   


Combines were starting to roll in central Oklahoma on Wednesday and if the precipitation holds off and predicted 100 plus degree heat arrives, harvest (at least test cutting) could begin on the Oklahoma/Kansas border as early as this weekend.


Reports from areas where cutting has begun: South of Ft. Worth - All reported test weights over 60 lbs./bu. (79kg/hl), yields 45 bu.- 70 bu./acre, harvest winding down south of I-20, but just starting north of Dallas, producer reports had protein from 11.5% - 12% (but elevators are discounting low protein).


Vernon, Texas to Altus, Oklahoma (Texas/Oklahoma line to HWY 62) - much of this area has been cut (but was probably the earliest wheat in the region), all test weights over 60 lbs./bu., reported yields of 20 - 60 bushels per acre, protein levels ranged from lower 9% range to 12%.


South of a line from Lawton, Oklahoma to Altus, Oklahoma (Hwy 62); harvest in full swing, proteins from 10% to 11%, most test weights in the 60 lbs./bu. range, dockage in some areas a big problem south of Lawton.


Reports for the High Plains/Texas Panhandle indicate a good crop; 10 days to two weeks from harvest; leaf rust and stripe rust were/are present. However, the rust was late enough it did not cause much of a problem…now hot enough rust is no longer an issue.



   

 

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