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Wheat Harvest Moves Quickly Forward with Oklahoma Wheat Commission Calling Crop Now 58% Harvested

Wed, 26 Jun 2019 20:50:04 CDT

Wheat Harvest Moves Quickly Forward with Oklahoma Wheat Commission Calling Crop Now 58% Harvested The 2019 Oklahoma Wheat harvest has made great progress the last couple days in most regions with producers being thankful for the drier weather. Combining is wrapping up in many parts of Southwest Oklahoma, with harvesters continuing in Central and Northern regions of the state. Harvest has progressed slower in southern central regions around the Chickasha, Union City and El Reno area. It has also been hard for producers to make progress around the Tonkawa, Ponca City, Kildare, Blackwell areas. In the far Northeast regions located by Afton and Miami, they have also been struggling at getting a good start due to the excessive moisture and light rains received the past couple days. The quality of the crop as well as yields continue to surprise farmers given all the moisture it has received during this harvest season. Test weights have dropped in Central and Northern regions across Oklahoma. Based on reporting from elevator managers and producers across the state, it is looking like the statewide average on test weights will be in the 57 lb. to 59 lb. per bushel range. Yields being reported across the state also have been favorable with several reports of wheat making in the mid 40ís to mid 50ís.   We have also heard of some extremely good yields around the Bison, Waukomis, Enid areas, as well as in Goltry and Helena.

The Oklahoma Wheat Commission is calling harvest to be 58 percent complete as of Wednesday afternoon, June 26th.

Here are reports on a location by location basis:

Grandfield- Harvest in this region is closer to being finished with 95 percent of harvest complete. It has been a good year for most producers in this area with test weights averaging 59 lbs. per bushel. Yield averages are reported in the mid 40ís to low 50ís.

Lawton- Harvest in this region is 97 percent completed with yield averages being reported in the mid 40ís to low 50ís. Test weights ranged from 58 lbs. to 60 lbs. per bushel.

Frederick-Harvest is considered to be 99 percent complete for this region. Test weights reported at 59-60 lbs. per bushel. Yields reported in the mid 40ís for the average, with some higher yields being noted in the mid 50ís.

Tuttle- Harvest in this region is 35 percent complete, with yields making in the mid 30ís to 50ís. Test weights have been ranging all over the board, with averages in the 57 lb. per bushel range. Producers in this area have really struggled getting the crop out with all the untimely rains, but were hopeful to start making progress today, even though the ground is still too wet to get across in many places.

Banner/El Reno-Harvest in this area continues to move slowly with yields being reported in the mid 30ís to the mid 50ís depending on variety and location. Producers are still struggling especially in the lower lying areas with being able to get over the ground. This afternoon, they are calling the region 35 percent completed. Test weights have dropped in this area ranging from 55 lbs. to 57 lbs. per bushel. Some of the earlier harvested wheat was weighing 60 lbs. per bushel in this region.

Okarche-Harvest has progressed in the region with approximately 85 to 90 percent of the crop harvested. Test weights are going to have a 57 lb. to 58 lb. per bushel average.   A lot of wheat in this region is being reported in the mid 40ís to mid 50ís, with some reports of wheat making 60+ depending on the fields and management practices.

Hennessey-Harvest is moving forward with approximately 40 to 50 percent completed. Test weights are averaging 57 lbs. to 59 lbs. per bushel, yields being reported in the low 40ís to low 50ís.

Bison-This area is reporting harvest to be 65-70 percent complete. Test weights have gone down slightly, but they are hoping the area average will still be 60 lbs. per bushel, based on the amount of wheat that was harvested before the rains started having an impact. Yields have been favorable with ranges in the mid 40ís to mid 50ís, with several reporting yields of 60 plus, even on wheat that was lying down in the field.

Enid-Harvest in this region is reported at 50 percent complete. Test weights are being reported at 59 lbs. per bushel as the average. Yields reported in the mid 40ís to mid 50ís for the most part, with several yields also being reported in low 60ís.

Perry/Tonkawa/Kildare- Harvest in this region has struggled to progress with approximately 15 percent of the region complete. The test weights on early cuttings were averaging 56 lbs. to 57 lbs. per bushel for the most part. We did have a report by Kildare this afternoon of a producer that cut wheat yesterday with a 60 lb. per bushel test weight. Early yields are being reported in the high 30ís to mid 40ís in the lower lying areas, while upland farms are yielding in the mid 50ís to mid 60ís, in some locations.

Cherokee/Burlington-Harvest in this area is 50 percent complete. Test weights in this region on wheat harvested today is ranging from 58 lbs. to 62 lbs. per bushel, depending on the location and variety. Yields are being reported from the mid 40s to low 50ís for the most part.

Afton/Miami-Harvest in this region has barely gotten started with only 12 percent complete, due to the untimely moisture received this past month. Test weights have been ranging all over the board from        55 lbs. to 60 lbs. per bushel. Yields on early cuttings ranging from 20 to 50 bushels per acre. Since the wheat was later to maturity in this region so far that has helped test weights from being a complete loss.

Texhoma/Guymon- While harvest started last week in the Panhandle region by Hooker, producers for the most part around Texhoma and Guymon are just getting a good start as of yesterday. Only dryland wheat harvest has started and producers are hopeful they will start on the irrigated wheat within the next few days. Yields on the dryland wheat being reported from 25 to 70 bushels per acre depending on the variety and location. Test weights have been ranging from 61 to 63 lbs. per bushel.

Yields and test weights being reported continue to be positive for the most part although yield losses and loss to test weights are being noted in parts of Central, North Central and Northeast Oklahoma. No sprout damage has been reported coming across scales at elevators. 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 11.8 percent for the most part. It should be noted that protein numbers being reported in several locations on early harvested, wheat in the Northern part of the state, are coming in much higher than anticipated. We have also seen locations say those numbers are trending up as harvest progresses.

It has not been uncommon to hear reports coming in at 12 to 13.5 in areas South and West of Enid. We also have been hearing of higher proteins around the Tonkawa, Ponca City, Kildare and Blackwell regions, even though producers in this region have seen losses on test weight. Proteins being reported in the Panhandle regions have not been as favorable on the early harvest reports, but early test are still showing a 10.6 to 11 percent average as of today.

Source- Oklahoma Wheat Commission   

The next harvest report will be published on Monday, July 1, 2019. The picture here is courtesy of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission



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