Wheat Harvest Gains Momentum- Harvest Conditions Look Good for the Week AheadMon, 22 Jun 2015 05:52:14 CDT
After a frustrating week for Oklahoma wheat producers- this past Friday saw many fields dry enough and moisture checks of the wheat low enough to allow harvest to get rolling once again. This past week saw rain early in the week in the western counties of the state- then humidity that was pushed into the wheat belt by Tropical Storm Bill on Wednesday and Thursday that kept the combines idle. The quality of the wheat crop was likely hurt because of this latest delay- but that will be seen as farmers are able to get into their fields and actually get the grain out.
The Radio Oklahoma has three locations in northwest Oklahoma to report on this Monday morning. In addition- we point you to the Oklahoma Wheat Commission report from Friday afternoon- available here- as well as the Sunday evening report from the Kansas Association of Wheat Growers and the Kansas Wheat Commission- available here.
Sam Knipp with the Oklahoma Farm Bureau visited the Woods County farm of Chad Budy on Friday afternoon- and the report from Budy was encouraging. He told Knipp that the field they were in seemed to be averaging 48 to 49 bushels per acre with test weights up in the 59 to 60 pound area. Mud has slowed harvest and added to the stress level as the 2015 harvest was still in its early stages on this northwest Oklahoma farm. Sam has provided a quick audio Q&A with Chad- and you can hear it by clicking on the LISTEN BAR below. (The picture here comes from Sam- taken of harvest on the Chad Budy farm near Alva)
We communicated via social media with Jessica Wilcox of Fairview on Sunday evening- and she and her husband Clint got going earlier in June before the rains stopped them a little over a week ago. At the end of this past week- they were able to start working on their wheat and canola harvest efforts once again. Jessica tells us Sunday evening that they were pleased with the OSU Bred Wheat Variety Ruby Lee- with the test weights after the June weather delays holding up in the 58 pound per bushel area- and that they also had a field of Gallagher that also was coming in at 58 to 59 pound test weights. She had reported earlier in the weekend that yields are ranging from 38 to 54 bushels per acre on their farm.
Finally- we got a Twitter report from Tracy Zeorian, whose family runs a Custom Harvest business and is currently in Shattuck, Oklahoma. They have had little "decent" wheat to harvest at their location in 2015. Tracy tells us "the quality of what we're cutting remains pretty poor. Test weight is 55 pounds per bushel (which is the best we've cut)- moisture is 11%" with Tracy saying these fields being harvested Sunday were grazed pretty hard. She adds ""will do maybe 10 to 15 bushels per acre." She tells us that "can definitely see the effects of no moisture when it was needed the most. And- weeds are coming on strong!"
When her family finishes in Shattuck, they will be moving northward into Kansas.
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