Courtesy Oklahoma Wheat Commission
Oklahoma wheat harvest continues to move forward with great progress being made in the Southwest, Central and Northern regions of the state. Harvest is wrapped up in Southwest and South Central Oklahoma for the most part. Parts of North Central Oklahoma are also reporting to be 95 to 99% completed, with areas of Northern and Northwest Oklahoma 50% to 80% completed depending on location. In Northeast Oklahoma at Afton and Miami, producers are just getting into the fields. In the Panhandle region, producers continue working on dryland harvest, with the hopes they will start with irrigated wheat towards the middle or the end of the week. Test weights across the state are being reported as extremely positive with averages for all regions ranging from 61 lbs. to 64 lbs. per bushel. Yields in Southwest Oklahoma varied all over the board from 15 bushels to 30 bushels per acre with a few higher yields noted. In parts of South Central Oklahoma around Apache and Hinton, the yields have been reported to be better. In some areas around Apache, yields were reported in the mid 40’s to mid 50’s depending on variety and field location. Yield trends have been higher in Central, Northern and most parts of Northwest Oklahoma. A lot of wheat ranging from the mid 40’s to mid 50’s and several yields reported in the mid 60’s also have been reported. In Northeast Oklahoma as harvest begins, no yields have been reported but it looks like the test weights are going to remain strong with yields lower due to severe freeze damage. In the Panhandle region, decent yields are being reported on dryland wheat in the Eastern region of the Panhandle, with higher yields in the mid 40’s being reported around Buffalo. Dryland wheat in Texas county especially the southern and western portions of Texas County and in Cimarron county has had lower yields reported in the mid-teens to mid-20’s with some higher yields reported in the mid 30’s in the Northern and Eastern regions. A lot of the dryland wheat will not be harvested due to insurance claims being made in those Southern and Western regions of the Texas and Cimarron counties in the Panhandle due to drought. Proteins across the state are ranging from 8.0% to as high as 15.5%. It is to early for a statewide assessment, but indications are showing we might be looking at a number somewhere in the range of 10.5% to 11.2% for a statewide average. The Oklahoma Wheat Commission is calling Oklahoma Wheat Harvest 62% completed. This will be the last harvest report that will cover Southwest, South Central and Central Oklahoma regions since harvest has wrapped up in these areas.
Grandfield/Chattanooga-Harvest in this region is 99 percent complete. Yield reports are ranging from 5 to 25 bushels per acre. In some parts of the Grandfield region, some of the later planted wheat is doing much better with some reporting yields in the mid 40’s, although that is still very rare. Test weights have ranged from 58 lbs. to 62 lbs. per bushel, with the average running at 61 lbs. per bushel. Even though much of the wheat has been put up for hay, some of the later planted wheat with higher yields are going to make the overall grain being hauled in better than what was previously predicted. At the beginning of harvest, the Grandfield location was hoping to take in 1/3 of the wheat that would normally be harvested, but that number has now changed to 1/2. Proteins ranging from 9% to 13%, with hopes of an 11.5% average.
Altus/ Hobart/Lone Wolf/Gotebo– Harvest is 99% completed. Yields are ranging anywhere from 15 to 40 bushels per acre, with more being towards the lower numbers. Some of the later planted wheat is doing better, with an occasional 50 bushels per acre. The test weight average is reported at 61 lbs. per bushel for this entire area. The protein average is currently at 11.5%.
Apache– Harvest is 95% completed. Test weights for the Apache location will average 62 lbs. to 63 lbs. per bushel. Yields in this area for the most part have been from the mid 40’s to the mid 50’s, with some lower yields on lower lying fields due to severe freeze damage. No proteins were reported.
Sentinel/Rocky– Harvest has progressed and is 99% complete. At both locations, yields are being reported in the low 20’s to mid 30’s. The severe drought, late freeze and heavy hail damage have really impacted what will be harvested. A lot of wheat has already been put up for hay. Test weights are ranging from 60 lbs. to 62 lbs. per bushel. No proteins were reported.
Okarche/Reeding/Kingfisher/Omega – This region has progressed greatly over the weekend and is 98% harvested. Yields have been in the upper 30’s to mid 60’s. Test weights have been positive ranging from 62 lbs. to 66 lbs. per bushel. Proteins are ranging from 9% to 12%, depending on variety and location.
Greenfield- Test weights on the wheat ranging from 63 lbs. to 66 lbs. per bushel. The lowest yield reported at this location was 36 bushels per acre. Several fields are making in the high 40’s to mid 60’s, depending on variety and planting date. Proteins have ranged from 9% to 13%. This region is 99 percent completed.
Goltry/Helena- Harvest has progressed fast over the weekend. This region is estimated to be 65% to 70% completed with harvest. Test weights have remained steady with the area reporting a 64 lbs. to 65 lbs. per bushel average. Yields have been from the high 30’s to the mid 60’s, with many reports making in the mid 40’s to mid 50’s. No proteins have been reported as of this date.
Kremlin/ Pond Creek/ Medford/ Blackwell- The south end of this region is reported 75% complete and the North end is reported to be 50% finished. The yields for the most part are falling in the mid 40’s to mid 60’s. Test weights are averaging 64 lbs. per bushel for the region. Proteins are ranging from 9% to as high as 15%.
Alva/ Buffalo– Harvest in Alva is 90% complete and in Buffalo is 50% finished. Test weights are exceptional, being reported in ranges of 63 lbs. to 67 lbs. per bushel. Proteins are ranging from 9% to 11.5%. Yields around Alva are being reported in the mid 40’s to mid 60’s. In Buffalo yields are being reported in the mid 40’s, with some in the low 50’s.
Hooker– Harvest continues with the dryland wheat. Yields on the dryland range anywhere from 15 to 25 bushels per acre and in some parts the occasional 30 is being reported. Irrigated wheat harvest will hopefully be ready by the end of the week. The irrigated wheat in the region does look favorable and producers are hopeful for decent irrigated yields. Test weights are ranging from 61 lbs. to 63 lbs. per bushel. Proteins are ranging from 10% to 13%.
Afton and Miami- Harvest is just getting started in this region as of today. Early test weights have been favorable coming in at 61 lbs. to 63 lbs. per bushel. No reports on yields have been made, but much of the wheat is expected to yield lower, due to severe freeze damage. No protein was reported.
The next harvest report by the Oklahoma Wheat Commission will be published Wednesday, June 17, 2020.