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Weather Continues to Challenge Harvesters' Progress Though Yield, Test Weight Reports Remain Positive

Mon, 17 Jun 2019 17:12:10 CDT

Weather Continues to Challenge Harvesters' Progress Though Yield, Test Weight Reports Remain Positive Harvest continued to move across the state from the Oklahoma Texas border to the Oklahoma Kansas border until Saturday evening this past weekend due to rain delays. Producers were hopeful that combines would start moving in Southwest Oklahoma this afternoon across the Western corridor of the state. Central Oklahoma and North Central Oklahoma will likely be delayed in most regions due to the moisture received this past weekend.   Producers were hopeful in some parts of North Central Oklahoma that combines may get back into the fields on the drier sandier ground. In all regions combines have been falling in the fields because in many places the ground cannot hold them.   On the wheat that has been cut several producers have made comments about getting stuck and also fighting the thick straw due to higher humidity and moisture levels this season.



Grandfield-Harvest is considered to be 85% complete for this region. Test weights reported at 59-61 lbs. per bushel. Yields reported in the mid 40ís for the average of the region.



Lawton-Harvest in this region is reported 70% complete. Test weights are averaging 60 lbs. per bushel.   Yields reported from low 40ís to the mid 40ís for the most part with some yields being reported at 50 plus.



Altus-Harvest in this region is about 60% complete. Light showers in parts of Southwest Oklahoma hindered progress from moving along as fast as producers had hoped. Test weights range from 58 lbs. to 60 lbs. per bushel. A lot of yields reported in the low 40ís to mid 50ís for the region.



Lone Wolf-As of today, they are reporting this area to be 65 percent harvested. Due to later rains test weights have been impacted from earlier reports on the later harvested wheat.   Right now the area is looking at a 59 lb. per bushel test weight average. Yields on the wheat harvested have come in higher than projected for the region with many 40 bushel averages reported, with a few in the mid 50ís to 60ís.



Sentinel-Harvest has progressed in the region with approximately 30 percent of the crop harvested. Light rains over the weekend hindered harvest yesterday, but producers are hopeful to get back into the fields later this afternoon. Test weights for this region have been holding up with ranges from 60 lbs. to 62 lbs. per bushel being the average.   A lot of wheat in this region being is being reported in the mid 40ís to mid 50ís, with some reports as high as 75 bushels per acre on summer fallow ground.



Rocky-Harvest has progressed in the region with approximately 30 percent completed. Light rains over the weekend hindered harvest yesterday, but producers are hopeful to get back into the fields later this afternoon. Test weights are averaging 60 lbs. per bushel, yields being reported in the low 40ís to low 50ís.



Kingfisher-Harvest has been moving ahead despite off and on rains over the weekend. Heavier rains have put harvest at a standstill in the Eastern part of the county, but producers were hopeful to get back into the fields this afternoon out by Omega. Rains have brought test weights down in the region this past week. Test weights for the most part were ranging from 58 lbs. to 60 lbs. per bushel. Yield on the wheat that has been harvested is ranging in the low 40ís to mid 50ís, depending on variety and location.



Drummond-Waukomis-Enid-Harvest just got started in these areas last week and has not progressed much with the weekend rain showers. Producers were hopeful to get back into the fields in some of these areas late this afternoon.   Test weight being reported at 58 lbs. to 60 lbs. per bushel with early yields reported in the mid 40ís to low 50ís for the most part.



Burlington- A few loads were received at this location on Thursday and Friday of last week, but rain showers hindered producers from getting in the fields over the weekend.   Test weights have ranged all over the board from 55 lbs. to 60 lbs. per bushel on early test cuttings depending on variety and location.
Early yields reported in the low 40ís to mid 50ís.



Perry/Tonkawa/Kildare -Harvest started on Thursday and Friday last week in this region with some early cuttings being taken in at all three locations.   The Perry region is reported to be 8 percent complete with harvest, while in Tonkawa and Kildare regions they are reporting approximately 3% to 5% of the crop as harvested. The test weights in this region are averaging 58 lbs. per bushel. Early yields are being reported in the high 30ís to low 40ís. The heavier rains have really impacted the wheat in this region and producers in this area are concerned moving forward what quality is going to look like if we continue to get rains this coming week.



Shattuck-One load was taken in at this location and some other wheat samples have been taken but the moisture is still too high for harvest to begin in this region.   Wheat samples were testing 15% moisture over the weekend. Producers are hopeful harvest will get started within the next 7 to 10 days. The wheat has started ripening the last couple days but still has quite a bit of green.



Buffalo-One truckload was accepted over the weekend at the Selman location. No yields or test weights were reported, but they are hopeful harvest will be ready in the next 7 to 10 days in this region, as in some areas the wheat still has quite a bit of green.



Hooker-No wheat reported at this location. It looks like harvest on the dryland wheat is still 7 to 10 days from harvest beginning for this area.



Yields and test weights being reported continue to be positive; however, producers and elevator managers continue to be concerned what the quality is going to look like with continued predicted moisture for this coming week. The Oklahoma Wheat Commission is calling harvest to be 19 percent complete as of Monday afternoon, June 17th. Protein reports continue to range all over the board from 9.5 to as high as 13 percent depending on location and management practices. As of today, statewide protein averages across the state are ranging from 10.5 to 11.3 percent for the most part.



Enclosed, see the next 24 hour weather forecast for the Western area of Oklahoma provided by NOAA and the last 2-day rainfall accumulation chart across the state of Oklahoma provided by the Oklahoma Mesonet.


*The next harvest report will be published on Wednesday, June 19, 2019



Source - Oklahoma Wheat Commission




   


 

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