Oklahoma Wheat Harvest Taking Place from Oklahoma/Texas Border to Oklahoma/Kansas State Line

Courtesy Oklahoma Wheat Commission

Southwest & Central Oklahoma

Wheat harvest continues to roll along in week 2. While great progress has been made in regions of Southwest, Oklahoma, some areas have had light rains over the weekend which has put harvest on hold.  In the Altus region heavier rains were reported and will delay producers from getting back into the fields for the next couple days.  Other parts of Southwest, Oklahoma have had light showers, while producers have not had to fight mud in most places, the light rains and high humidity levels have created delays with late starts on most days.  In South Central Oklahoma, around Minco/Tuttle, and in North Central Oklahoma around Goltry producers over the weekend had light rains which have delayed harvest progress from really getting started in those regions.  Overall crop quality continues to be favorable with test weight and yield reports. Statewide nothing has been reported below 60 lbs./bu. Yields in most all regions have been favorable ranging from the mid 30’s to mid 60’s depending on variety, location and management plans.  A lot of yields across the state are reported in the low 40’s. We are seeing lower yields once you get west of Lone Wolf and Cordell, due to more intense drought situations that producers have been dealing with in that region all year. In the Southwest region proteins being reported are still in a favorable range of 11.5 percent.  Harvest in many parts of this region are 50% to 60% completed, while in other parts some locations are reporting 20% to 30% completed.

Northern Oklahoma

The regions North of 412 Hwy from the Helena to Garber area, harvest is just getting started as several producers were able to start with test cutting over the weekend.  Early indications from this region North in most places it is estimated that yields will be decent and mirror much of what we saw last year, with ranges from the mid 40’s to mid 60’s; although in some places lack of moisture during this spring seem to have impacted the crop especially around the Cherokee, Burlington and Alva regions.  It is too early to report an accurate protein number on the crop that is being harvest in Central and Northern, Oklahoma, it looks like this also is going to mirror what we saw last year, with high pocket regions, and some areas that will be lower.

Below are regions where wheat has been taken in prior to Monday June 14, at 12:00 noon CST.

Southwest Oklahoma Locations Reporting

Duke- Harvest is progressing in this region. Yields have been ranging in the mid 30’s to mid 40’s. Test weights averaging 62 lbs./bu. to 63 lbs./bu. per bushel.  Harvest in this region is 60% complete.

Altus- Harvest was successful in this region prior to heavy rains received over the weekend.  This region received 1.4 to 1.9 inches of moisture over the weekend and harvest will be at a standstill most likely the next couple days.   Test weights to this point ranging from 61 lbs./bu. to 63 lbs./bu. with yields being reported in the mid 30’s to mid 40’s for the most part.  Harvest 50% to 60% complete.

Lone Wolf/Hobart- Wheat harvest continues in this region. Test weights averaging 61 lbs./bu. to 63 lbs./bu. Yields being reported from the mid 30’s to mid 50’s depending on location and management.   Yields have been better around the Hobart area, due to more moisture received in this region throughout the growing season.  Harvest in this region is 55% complete.

Roosevelt- Harvest in this region has been slower this year due to several untimely rains and high humidity days.  Yields on the wheat in this region have been more favorable than other areas of Southwest, Oklahoma, due to more moisture throughout the growing season.  Yields are being reported in the high 30’s to low 50’s.  Test weights are being reported at 61 lbs./bu. to 62 lbs./bu. per bushel.  Harvest in this region is 30% complete.

Sentinel/Rocky- Light rain showers and high humidity throughout the week have hindered harvest from getting into full swing.  Custom cutters have been slower to arrive in the region due to harvest still going on in the Central/Northern Texas regions and other parts of Southwest, Oklahoma.  Yields are being reported as favorable making in the upper 30’s to mid 40’s on early cuttings. Test weight on the wheat is ranging from 62lbs./bu. to 64 lbs./bu.  Harvest in this region is 20% complete.

Central Oklahoma Locations Reporting

Reeding/Kingfisher/Omega- Yields in this region have been favorable up to this point in time. Harvest has been moving forward in this area for the past week, but it has been slower going with the scattered showers and high humidity.  Yields for the most part are ranging from the mid to low 40’s. One yield was reported to make above 75 bushels per acre on a field with intensive management North of Kingfisher. Test weights have been ranging from 60 lbs./bu. to 64 lbs./bu. Harvest in this region will have a more accurate field count on Wednesday, but right now we are calling the area 35% to 40% harvested.

Northern Oklahoma Locations Reporting

Perry/Tonkawa/Blackwell/Braman- These four locations took in a few truck loads each over the weekend.  No yields for the region have been reported, but test weights are ranging from 61 lbs. to 62 lbs. per bushel.  No protein has been reported on early cuttings.  Yields are expected to be favorable.

Goltry/Helena- Only a couple of loads were taken in at these locations over the weekend, as the crop was not fully ripe and light rains also hindered progress.   Producers were hopeful to get into the field around Goltry and Helena later today.  Early loads indicate strong test weights and decent yields.

Cherokee- Harvest started on Friday and has been picking up over the weekend. Test weights have ranged from 60 lbs./bu. to 65lbs./bu.  Yields are being reported in the mid 40’s with some higher yields being reported on fields with intensive management.  Proteins have ranged from all over the board in this region from 10% to 12.8%.  This location is hoping for an 11% to 11.5% average.

Burlington- Harvest started on Friday and they are hopeful the region will make great progress over this coming week.  Early reports showing a lot of yields ranging from the mid 30’s to the mid 40’s.  The test weight average has been from 60.5 lbs./bu. to 61.5 lbs./bu.  No protein was reported.

Alva/Selman/Buffalo- Harvest is just getting ready to start in this region.  A little wheat was taken in at Selman and Alva over the weekend, with one truck reported at Buffalo. Test weights and yields look to be favorable but nothing was reported on early cuttings.

Shattuck- Harvest is just getting started in this region.  No yields have been reported, however on the two truck loads of wheat harvested over the weekend, the test weight was 64 lbs./bu.

Enclosed, see the 4 day and 24-Hour rainfall accumulation maps with the 7-day weather forecast for Oklahoma.

The next harvest report by the Oklahoma Wheat Commission will be published Wednesday, June 16, 2021. 

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About Amanda De Oliveira Silva

I have served as an Assistant Professor and Small Grains Extension Specialist at Oklahoma State University since August 2019. I believe that close interaction with producers is vital to understand their production strategies and to establish realistic research goals. My program focuses on developing science-based information to improve the agronomic and economic viability of small grains production in Oklahoma and in the Southern Great Plains.

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