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2019 Oklahoma Wheat Harvest Could Be Seventy Percent Better Than a Year Ago- Wheat Industry Predicts 119 Million Bushel Crop

Wed, 01 May 2019 05:42:59 CDT

2019 Oklahoma Wheat Harvest Could Be Seventy Percent Better Than a Year Ago- Wheat Industry Predicts 119 Million Bushel Crop Oklahoma's Wheat Crop was front and center as the 121st Annual Meeting of the Oklahoma Grain and Feed Association featured the 39th Annual Wheat Crop Report Session on Tuesday, April 30th- and two of the presenters that were a part of the gathering of data on the 2019 Hard Red Winter Wheat Crop in Oklahoma were Area Agronomists for OSU Extension- Heath Sanders and Josh Bushong.

Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays talked with both Sanders and Bushong about what they have seen and heard in recent days about the condition and potential of the 2019 crop- which is looking remarkedly better than the 2018 crop, which ended up producing 70 million bushels last year at harvest.

The OGFA participants listened to all the reports from across Oklahoma- and predicted a wheat crop just shy of 120 million bushels this year- 119.268 million bushels based on 37 bushels per acre and 3.19 million harvested acres. The big debate from most of the reporters during the session as well as from those in the room was exactly how many acres of wheat would actually still be standing when the combines begin rolling across Oklahoma in about four weeks. (the graphic above is the final number from the OGFA meeting- the second graphic is the summary of the reports that heard from across the state at the meeting.)

Low wheat prices may help farmers decide to bail many acres in the next few days, if fields are dry enough quick enough before the wheat advances past its optimum value as a forage. Several reporters during the session also remarked seeing really good looking wheat fields that would have potentially yielded well if harvested for grain being grazed out- having cattle on them. That is similar to 2018, when many farmers elected to get as much value as they could out of their wheat fields through stocker cattle.

The crop reporters actually estimated harvested acres at 3.4 million acres- the OGFA participants trimmed that to 3.19 million acres- and some in the room believe that is still too many acres potentially to be harvested this year.

The other concern raised by several of the reporters is the protein levels that may come out of the fields that are harvested- pondering the question of "did farmers put enough nitrogen down for higher yields that may be coming.

You can hear the conversation that Hays had with both Heath Sanders and Josh Bushong by clicking on the LISTEN BAR below.

The Oklahoma numbers will be discussed Wednesday night in Wichita during the second report session of the Wheat Quality Council Wheat Tour traveling across Kansas this week.


2019 Oklahoma Wheat Harvest Could Be Seventy Percent Better Than a Year Ago- Wheat Industry Predicts 119 Million Bushel Crop

Ron Hays talks 2019 Wheat Crop Conditions with Heath Sanders and Josh Bushong
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