|Hard red winter harvest continues to move northward and westward in the Great Plains with Oklahoma and Texas wrapping up most areas (99%). Far western areas of both states (Panhandles) are winding down and should be mostly complete by the end of the 4th of July holiday.|
The Kansas harvest continues to move northward and the isolated areas that experienced moisture over the past few weeks are now being harvested. While there is still no data available from Kansas, anecdotal evidence suggests very good but also very erratic test weights. The areas that received significant May precipitation generally have higher test weights than those areas that did not.
Northeastern Colorado harvest has been delayed by storms. However, because of moisture while the crop was maturing, areas from Colorado into Nebraska are expecting good yields and very good test weights.
Texas and Oklahoma continue to show very high protein, averaging over 13%. Test weights are averaging above 58 lb/bu (76.4 kg/hl). The biggest problem continues to be volume of production which is as low as 10% - 25% of normal in many areas. As harvest moved through northern Oklahoma and into southern Kansas the yields have been erratic with variations of 5 to 50 bushels per acre from one field to the next. This variability results from several factors including late moisture, variety, conventional vs. no-till, planting date, freeze damage, management, etc.