Report by the Oklahoma Wheat Commission
Wheat producers across Southwest and Central Oklahoma had combines moving at full speed over the Memorial Day weekend. Yields in parts of Southwest Oklahoma were lowered by heavy rains and hail that passed thru the state over a week ago. In other places the crop has been fairing with decent yields and high test weights up to this point. Elevator managers have been reporting the significant loss of wheat acres to be impacting the speed of harvest in Southwest Oklahoma. This is making the season seem to go much faster. Several managers have been reporting they expect to take in 50 to 60 percent of the bushels in this region they normally take due to the increase in planted cotton acres.
In Central Oklahoma the crop harvest is also progressing with decent yields and test weights reported in most areas. Producers also have had issues with hail damage West and East of Kingfisher. Many elevator managers have stated we have a decent quality crop overall, if we can just get to it before we receive more rainfall. The 7 day forecast of more predicted rains have many producers concerned about what lies ahead for this harvest season all across the state. Proteins across Texas on up into central Oklahoma are being reported in the 10.5 to 11% range.
Grandfield-Harvest reported to be 65% complete. A lot of the wheat in this region was heavily grazed and due to the heavy rains and hail they are seeing a lot of yield reports to be making in the mid 20’s to mid 30’s with the occasional 40+ yield. Test Weights reported from 59 to 61 lbs./bu.
Chattanooga- Harvest reported to be 50 to 55% complete. A lot of the wheat in this region was heavily grazed and due to the heavy rains and hail they are seeing a lot of yield reports to be making in the mid 20’s to mid 30’s. Test weights reported from 59-61 lbs./bu.
Lawton- Harvest reported to be 50% complete. The wheat in this area has been having better yields ranging from the mid 20’s to the mid 40’s. Test weights in this area are averaging 61 lbs./bu.
Altus- Harvest in this region reported to be 60% complete. The test weights in this region have been averaging 60 to 63 lbs./bu. Yields in the region reported from the mid 20’s to the mid 40’s. Overall the visual quality is reported to be very favorable from this region.
Lone Wolf- Harvest in this region reported to be 45% complete. The test weights in this region have been averaging 60 lbs./bu. Yields in the region ranging from the mid 20’s to the mid 30’s with reports of some wheat making better than 40 bushels per acre.
Clinton- This region is just getting started as of yesterday. No yields have been reported but the test weights on what has come in so far is averaging 60 lbs./bu.
Rocky- Harvest in this region has been progressing slowly. Yesterday, was considered to be a decent day for the area with more wheat reported to be coming in. Test weights reported at 60 to 61 lbs./bu. Yields reported to be making in the mid 30’s for the most part.
El Reno- Harvest in this region has been moving steady over the Memorial Day weekend, with producers just getting a good start in this area. Yields in the region from early reports indicate the crop is doing well coming in with a lot in the range of the mid 40’s. Test weights reported to be making anywhere from 61 to 63.5 lbs./bu.
Kingfisher-Harvest is just beginning in this region with a few reports of wheat harvest beginning to start around Loyal and Omega. Test weights in the region being reported in the 58 to 63 lb./bu. range. Yields have been ranging all over the board in this region, with reports of wheat making anywhere in the mid 20’s to mid 40’s for the most part. A few reports that some producers in the region have been making in the mid to high 50’s.