Combines Roll as Wheat Harvest Underway Almost Border to Border in Oklahoma-The June 8 ReportTue, 09 Jun 2015 04:24:20 CDT
During the month of June, the Oklahoma Wheat Commission is issuing regular updates on the 2015 Hard Red Winter Wheat Harvest in the state. The latest report was released on Monday aftermoon, June 8th by Executive Director Mike Schulte:
Harvest has continued to progress throughout the state over the weekend, with many of the custom crews moving at full speed in Southwestern Oklahoma. Harvest has also been progressing in Central Oklahoma, but because of the muddy conditions and later wheat in the Southern regions, some harvest crews have been struggling to move North. Producers are hopeful we can dodge the predicted rains so combines can keep rolling. Overall, crop conditions continue to be favorable, although we have seen some lower test weights reported in areas. As of today we have had some minor sprout damage reported in the Central regions of the state. However, even in the lower lying areas of Southwest Oklahoma where some of the wheat was waterlogged, no sprout damage has been showing up.
Grandfield- 50% to 60% of the crop in this region has been harvested. Producers have been fighting mud in this region, but now are starting to have better conditions in the field with the drier weather, although more rain is predicted this week. No sprout damage has been reported in this region. Yields are ranging all over the board from as low as 18 to as high as 40. Protein samples were sent to the Grain Exchange last week and came back averaging 12.4%. Some test weights have been reported as lighter but generally are averaging 58 lbs. to 59 lbs. per bushel.
Apheatone- Harvest in this region is 80% to 85% complete. No sprout damage has been reported in this region. Test weights are ranging from 55lbs. to 59lbs. per bushel with most weights averaging 58lbs. to 59lbs. per bushel. Yields are ranging from 20 to 30 bushels per acre on average in this region.
Lawton- Harvest in this region is about 5 percent complete. No proteins or yields have been reported for this region. Test weights are on average coming in around 58 lbs. to 59 lbs. per bushel.
Sentinel & Rocky - Harvest has picked up in the Sentinel area over the weekend with hopes that things will get moving in the Rocky area later today. Earlier this morning, parts in this region received small amounts of moisture, but combines should be moving with no problem this afternoon. Test weights in this region have gotten better over the weekend with them averaging 58 lbs. to 59 lbs. per bushel, with some reported as high as 60 lbs. per bushel. No proteins in this region have been reported today. Yields reported have been ranging all over the board from 12 bushels per acre to 40 bushels per acre.
Hinton- Harvest has just started over the weekend with an estimate of 5 percent of the area harvested in this region. Test weights in this region are picking up and reported to be making 59 lbs. to 61 lbs. per bushel. Yields and proteins have not been reported in this region.
Okarche- Test weights are averaging 59 lbs. per bushel, with reports of ranges from as low at 52 lbs. to as high as 63 lbs. per bushel. Harvest is reported to be approximately 40 percent complete in this region. Test weights east of 81 Highway tend to be coming in much higher than the wheat located west of 81 Highway. Yields are reported to be making anywhere from 20 bushels per acre to 40 bushels per acre, depending on the variety and location. Some yields East of Kingfisher have been reported as high as 50 bushels per acre. Protein average for this region is reported to be around 11 to 11.5%. Sprout damage reported earlier in this area has decreased over the weekend, with some loads showing 3% to 5% damage.
Greenfield- Harvest in this region is just getting started, with some of the wheat still not fully ripe. Some lower test weights in this area have been reported with an average of 58lbs. to 59lbs. per bushel being reported as of today. No yields or proteins have been reported from this region. Some areas in this region received light rains early this morning. Some minor sprout damage has been reported in this area on wheat taken in ranging from 3% to 5% on some loads.
Watonga- Harvest in this region is just getting started, with some of the wheat not fully ripe. Some lower test weights have been reported in this area with average around 58 lbs. to 59 lbs. per bushel. No yields or proteins have been reported in this region as of today. Some areas in this region received light rains early this morning. Some minor spout damage has been reported in this area on wheat taken in ranging from 3% to 5% on some loads.
Helena- Approximately 10,000 bushels of wheat has been taken in at this location over the weekend. Reports on early yields are averaging 25 to 30 bushels per acre. Test weights are averaging 59 lbs. to 60 lbs. per bushel. No sprout damage has been reported in this area. No protein samples have been taken from this region as of today.
Alva- A few combines are cutting in this region with test weights reported to be making 59lbs. to 60 lbs. per bushel on the early wheat samples. No protein or yields have been reported from this region. No sprout damage has been seen on the early samples of wheat received.
Burlington- No wheat has been taken in from this region but if the rains hold off, producers are hopeful to start getting in the field over the next couple of days.
Pond Creek- No wheat has been taken in from this region but if the rains hold off, producers are hopeful to start getting in the field over the next couple of days.
Northwest Oklahoma and Panhandle
Shattuck- Parts in this region received ½ inch to 1 inch of moisture over the night, and the wheat in this region is still green in most places. It is predicted harvest will begin over the weekend or the beginning of next week, if predicted rains do not hinder the crop progress.
Hooker- Parts of the Panhandle received light rains last night, but the dryland crop still has a lot of green and is not fully ripe. Currently producers are predicting the dryland harvest will still be a week away in Beaver, Texas and Cimarron Counties. Parts of Beaver and Texas counties have received moisture at the right time and because of this the dryland crop in areas look very favorable. The dryland wheat crop, west of Guymon, in Cimarron county, has struggled because of pro-longed drought conditions.
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