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Wheat Harvest Starts Moving Again in Southwest Oklahoma

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David Marburger

David Marburger

Since April 2016, I have served as the Small Grains Extension Specialist at Oklahoma State University. My research and extension efforts focus on delivering science-based recommendations in order to increase small grains production and profitability for stakeholders throughout Oklahoma and the southern Great Plains.

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Report by the Oklahoma Wheat Commission

 

Early reports of wheat harvest beginning in Southwest Oklahoma show the crop to be coming in with decent yields and test weights. Although only 4 percent of the crop is speculated to be cut out in Oklahoma, producers are hopeful those numbers will change over the Memorial Day weekend. Test weights on wheat from most regions is reported in the 59 to 62 lbs./bu range with the occasional 63 to 64 lbs./bu still being reported since the rains this past week. Crop yields are reported to be in the mid 20’s to mid 40’s depending on whether the crop was grazed heavily. Many producers around the Chattanooga and Walters area have reported great yield loss due to the hail storms that passed thru the area earlier in the week. Samples have even been submitted as far North as Okarche, Oklahoma at 14% moisture with the hopes that some will be harvesting in that area of Central Oklahoma later this afternoon. Early reports on protein from Central Texas to the Oklahoma/Texas border have been showing averages of 10.5 to 11.5%, although we have had reports of higher proteins coming in at 13.5% as harvest has progressed North. Producers and custom cutters are hoping Mother Nature will cooperate with them over the weekend and are concerned about potential upcoming storms predicted for later next week!


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