|Hard red winter harvest continues north slowed by wet fields and continued rains in parts of Kansas.|
Texas reports many areas of the state experienced very dry conditions accompanied by high winds. East Texas received up to two inches of rain in some areas, while the rest of the state received very little or no rain. Wheat harvest progressed in the Panhandle, with the northern Panhandle being 10% harvested, the central Panhandle being 50% harvested and 80-90% harvested in the Blacklands. Protein levels continued to be lower than average.
Oklahoma reports continued rain with about 60 to 65% of the harvest complete state wide. Far southwest Oklahoma reports 95% complete with the northern part of Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Panhandle between 5% and 20% complete. Test weights continued to be good to excellent ranging mostly 58 to 63 pounds (76.4 to 82.8 kg/hl) on the wheat now being harvested in the far southwest part of the state. Test weights have dropped in the northern part of the state due to the constant rains this past week. Most elevators in the north are seeing test weights ranging from 50 to 59 pounds (66.0 to 77.6 kg/hl), with the majority of the weights still in the high 50’s. The quantity of grain is high with some elevators reporting that they are full and are having problems with shipping and rail issues.
Kansas reports slow progress due to wet weather. Many parts of the state which should be well along with harvest at this time of the year have not harvested at all due to wet fields and continued rain. Continued showers and storms delayed harvest through this week as producers anticipate bringing in their crop. Many elevators in the southern part of the state are reporting the first loads are beginning to slowly arrive. The first wheat in had test weights from 59 to 62 lb/bu (77.6 to 81.5 kg/hl) and some coming in of late has shown that the quality is coming down. The wheat stalks are still standing but the wheat heads are getting weak and starting to shatter. Quick reports from producers in northwest Kansas tell us that they could be ready to harvest next week with favorable weather. Harvest is also set to begin next week in parts of north central Kansas, if the rain stops.