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Oklahoma Wheat Harvest Continues while Moving North

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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

Wheat harvest continues in Oklahoma moving full speed ahead in all regions. Along the Oklahoma Texas line many locations are reported to be 97 to 99% complete. Elevators in South Central Oklahoma are reporting harvest to be 75 to 90% complete depending on the location, while parts of Central Oklahoma are 95% harvested. As harvest has moved forward in Northern Oklahoma some locations have reported harvest to be 75% complete along the I-35 corridor. In Northwest Oklahoma reports of harvest completion are ranging from 35% to 50% depending on location.

In some locations producers were able to get back into the fields last Tuesday, but in all areas since Thursday because of the open weather, producers and custom harvesters have been able to take advantage of getting the crop out in record speed since they have started rolling. Test weights across the state have dropped in most locations, but as of today many locations are still reporting 60 lbs./bu. averages. Yields across the state have been ranging all over the board depending on the management, heavy rains and hail damage. Across Southwest Oklahoma, we have heard of yields ranging from the mid teens to the mid twenties, with also better yields in some areas of this region reported to be in the mid 30’s to mid 40’s. The same is holding true for Central and Northern Oklahoma. As we have moved into Northern Oklahoma, we have been hearing higher yields in the mid 40’s to 50’s with many reports of wheat in some locations to be making anywhere from the mid 60’s to mid 70’s.

Harvest has moved faster in Southern Oklahoma due to many of the wheat acres going into cotton. We are also hearing reports in Northern Oklahoma that even though the yields are high the number of bushels will not be taken in because of the other summer crops that producers are opting to go with right now. Proteins across Oklahoma are being reported in the 10.5 to 11.5% range. We have had some reports on some proteins as high as 13% in North Central Oklahoma.

 

Report by Locations:

Grandfield – Harvest reported to be 99% complete. A lot of the wheat in this region was heavily grazed. Due to the heavy rains and hail, they are seeing yield reports 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 99% complete. A lot of the wheat in this region was heavily grazed and due to the heavy rains and hail, they are seeing yield reports making in the mid 20’s to mid 30’s. Test weights reported from 59-61 lbs./bu.

Lone Wolf – Harvest in this region reported to be 90% complete. The test weights in this region have been averaging 59- 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.

Hobart – Harvest in this area is reported to be 85% complete. The test weights in this region have been averaging 58-60 lbs./bu. Yields in the region ranging from the mid 20’s to the mid 30’s with some wheat in the region reported to be making in the mid 40’s.

Granite – Harvest in this region reported to be 90% complete. Test weights in this area have been doing remarkably well, ranging from 60 to 64 lbs./bu. Yields in this region also reported to be higher with reports of a lot of wheat making in the mid 40’s to mid 50’s.

Hinton – Harvest in this area is reported to be 75% complete. Test weights in this region have been averaging 58 to 60 lbs./bu. Yields have been reported all over the board from as low as 10 to as high as 60. A lot of wheat in this region was reported to be making in the mid 30’s to mid 40’s.

Okarche – Harvest in this region is reported to be 95% complete. Test weights in this region were reported to be averaging 60lbs./bu. Yields in this area also have been reported all over the board from as low as 10 to as high as 50. A lot of reports of wheat in the region was stated to be making in the mid 30’s to mid 40’s as an average.

Hennessey – Harvest in this region is reported to be 75% complete. Test weights in this region have been lighter due to the heavier rains, this area for the most part is looking at 58 to 59lbs./bu. average. Yields in the region are reported all over the board depending on the weather and management practices. A lot of wheat was reported to be making in the mid 30’s to mid 40’s, while some yields were lower due to hail.

Perry – Harvest moved quickly over the weekend in this region and elevator managers are calling it 75% complete. Test weights have gotten lighter with the rains. Currently the average test weight for the region is 59lbs./bu. Yields have been reported all over the board, with reports as low as 10 on hail damaged wheat, and other reports with yields as high as 60. We have had a lot of reports of wheat making in the mid 40’s to mid 50’s in this region.

Braman – Harvest in this region is just getting started and would be considered 30% complete. Test weights in the region are averaging 59 lbs./bu. Yields in this region are reported from the mid 30’s to the mid 50’s.

Cherokee – Harvest in this region is approximately 50% complete. Test weights in this area have been reported all over the board and have been lowered due to the rains from last week. The area is still hoping for a 58 to 59lbs/bu. average on test weight, although lower weights have been reported. Yields in this region have been all over the board with reports on damaged wheat to be making in the mid 30’s, while higher yielding wheat has been reported to be making in the low to mid 70’s.

Alva – Harvest in this region is reported to be 35 to 40% complete. Test weights for the region are averaging 58 lbs./bu. Yields have been reported all over the board from the mid 20’s to as high as 60 bushels per acre.

Shattuck – This location just got started with harvest yesterday. They reported to take in 60,000 bushels at CGB at this location. Test weights were ranging from 62 to 63 lbs./bu. No yields have been reported from the region, but it is reported that yields will range from the mid 20’s to mid 40’s for the most part.

Hooker – No wheat has been taken in at this location in the Panhandle. It is predicted that harvest will begin towards the end of the week at this location.


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