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The 2015 Oklahoma Wheat Harvest Rapidly Expands North of I-40- WheatWatch 2015

Wed, 03 Jun 2015 19:43:09 CDT

The 2015 Oklahoma Wheat Harvest Rapidly Expands North of I-40- WheatWatch 2015 Mike Schulte with the Oklahoma Wheat Commission reports that wheat harvest is moving forward in Southern Oklahoma with combines harvesting in the fields as far North as Okarche and Kingfisher. In some parts of Southern Oklahoma along the Oklahoma Texas line, harvest has come to a halt because of the wet ground conditions on the heavier clay soils. Overall the quality that is being reported is favorable for the moisture conditions we have received over the past month. Protein levels seem to be holding up well for the most part with larger ranges than last year but a decent average on everything reported so far coming in around 11.5 percent.   

Schulte talked with Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays about the harvest on Wednesday afternoon- you can hear his comments by clicking on the LISTEN BAR at the bottom of the location by location report.

Reports by location are listed below.

Eldorado- Harvest is moving along in this area of the state with test weights being 58 to 59 lbs. per bushel. Proteins on samples have been recorded as running anywhere from 9% to as high as 14%. A good average on the protein in this region would be 11%. No sprout damage has been reported on wheat being taken in at this area as of today.

Grandfield- Harvest has come to a halt for the most part in the Grandfield area. The earlier wheat that has been harvested in this region has been on the sandier land in the area. Producers are having to contend with the mud on the heavier clay soils which is currently holding things up in this region. Most of the wheat has ranged from 57 to 59 lbs. per bushel. The protein samples that have been tested in this region were reported around 12.7%. The wheat that has been harvested in this area has had some hail damage but was reported to be yielding around 25 to 30 bushels per acre. Producers are hoping to get into better wheat in this region over the weekend. No sprouting has been reported in this region.

Hollis- Producers in this area are still fighting mud. No wheat has been taken in this area but one sample was reported at 13.2% moisture, so they are thinking harvest will get moving later this afternoon.

Frederick- Harvest is moving forward in this area today. Test weights are reported to be ranging from 58 lbs. to 59 lbs. per bushel, with one test weight on a load of wheat coming in at 63 lbs. per bushel. Combines in the area are showing readings of 40 to 60 bushels per acre on some fields. It was reported one field of 160 acres yielded 49 bushels per acre and one field slightly smaller in acreage yielded 27 bushels per acre. Protein has been running anywhere from 10% to 12.5% with the average coming in at around 11.7% on samples so far. No sprouting has been seen on anything coming into this region.

Headrick- Wheat harvest in this region is starting to pick up with no sprouted wheat being reported. We have seen a couple of lower test weights in this region coming in at 53 lbs. per bushel, with most test weights running 57 lbs. to 58 lbs. per bushel. Yields on the wheat in this region that have been reported so far is in the mid to high 20's. No sprouting has been seen on any wheat taken in today.

Lone Wolf- Lone Wolf has received a couple of samples today and they are hopeful harvest will start later today. Moisture on the samples were running at 12% to 14%, with the test weight on those samples coming in at 58 lbs. to 60 lbs. per bushel. The fields in this region are still extremely wet so harvesters were making the statement that trucks might be carrying half loads out of the field in order to not get stuck.

Clinton- Clinton location took in three loads today. Moisture on the loads was running from 13.2% to 13.5%, with test weights on these early loads running 55 lbs. to 57 lbs. per bushel. No protein was reported.

Sentinel- One sample had been taken in the Sentinel location this afternoon that tested 12.8% on moisture. Producers are hopeful harvest will get a good start in this region later today or tomorrow.

Okarche- Wheat harvest is just getting started in this region with test weights being reported on average at 59 lbs. to 60 lbs. per bushel. Moisture in this area on the wheat is running 12.5%. We have seen some minimal sprout damage in this wheat on loads ranging from 0 to 10%. Proteins in this area reported to be coming in from 10.5% to 11%

Kingfisher & Omega- Wheat harvest is just getting started in this region with test weights running 59 lbs. to 60 lbs. per bushel. Moisture on the wheat harvested in this area coming in at 13% to 13.5%. We have seen some minimal sprout damage in this wheat ranging from 0 to 10%. Proteins in this area reported to be coming in from 10.5% to 11%.


Ron Hays talks with Mike Schulte of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission about 2015 Wheat Harvest
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