Report by the Oklahoma Wheat Commission:
The Oklahoma wheat harvest is complete in most areas from the Oklahoma/Texas border to the Oklahoma/Kansas border. A few machines are still moving in Northern Oklahoma but harvest in all areas of this region should be completely finished by the end of the week. In the Panhandle region harvest is in full swing with producers working on the dryland harvest. We have had some reports that harvest on the irrigated wheat is starting to happen around the Hooker area, but no yields have been reported on the irrigated wheat. Dryland wheat in the Panhandle is averaging in the mid 20’s to low 30’s depending on location for the most part.
Test weights on the dryland wheat in the Panhandle is averaging about 60 lbs./bu. Proteins on the dryland wheat in this region has been surprising with many reports coming in at 12% or higher, but elevator managers are concerned those numbers will be lower once we get into the irrigated wheat. Proteins across Oklahoma are being reported in the 10.5 to 11.5% range. Harvest has moved faster than expected in a lot of locations since producers have opted to go with other crops or have grazed out in other areas. The decrease in planted wheat acres has caught the attention of many elevator managers in the state. In many places the yields were above average but with the lower planted acres, the amount of bushels taken in at all locations across Oklahoma have been way down from last year. Many elevator locations in Southwest Oklahoma took in 50 to 60% of the bushels they had last year. As harvest progressed further North many elevator locations in that region took in 60 to 70% of the bushels they received last year.