Oklahoma Wheat Harvest Nears Halfway Mark, Progress ResumesFri, 19 Jun 2015 15:26:07 CDT
Oklahoma's wheat harvest was getting back underway Thursday, after tropical storm Bill halted progress for much of the state this week. That's according to the latest Oklahoma Wheat Commission Harvest Report. Here is the report submitted by Executive Director Mike Schulte:
"Harvest has slowly started progressing in most regions of Northern and Western Oklahoma as of Thursday afternoon. Even though rains did not go into Northern and Western regions of the state from tropical storm Bill, impacts of high humidity still hindered producers in most locations of the state from getting into the wheat fields early on Thursday afternoon. Producers and elevator managers are hopeful that we can finally start making a dent with harvesting over the weekend in the central, western and northern regions of the state. As of this morning the state is approximately 45% complete with wheat harvest, with the hopes that custom harvesting crews and producers can make great strides over the weekend. Harvesting is virtually taking place in all regions of the state with some early loads of dryland wheat received in the Panhandle regions.
"Test weights throughout the state are averaging 57 lbs. to 59 lbs. per bushel. In areas of South Central and Central Oklahoma some test weights are reported coming in much lower than 57 lbs. per bushel, with some wheat that will never be harvested because of this factor. Sprout damage still continues to be limited mainly in parts of South Central and Central Oklahoma. No sprout damage has been reported on early loads received in Northern Oklahoma as of Friday. Protein on wheat is ranging from 10% to 13% with a state-wide average currently reported to be slightly above 12%. Yields in the state are mostly ranging from 20 bushels per acre to 50 bushels per acre.
"Early loads of the dryland wheat reported from the Panhandle are showing lower test weight for the most part with averages around 55 lbs. per bushel. Elevator managers hope this trend will change once producers start getting into better areas of dryland wheat. For the most part it is estimated that dryland wheat harvest in the Panhandle should really get rolling the beginning or middle of next week. No protein samples or yields have been reported from this region on early loads received. It is estimated that harvest on the irrigated wheat in the Panhandle is still 1 to 1 ½ weeks away from being ready for harvest."
The next harvest report from the Oklahoma Wheat Commission will be published on Monday, June 22, 2015.
To learn more about the mission of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission, click here for their official website.
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