|The 2006 hard red winter wheat harvest is underway. Harvesting started approximately seven to ten days ago with sporadic reports in various parts of Texas and southern Oklahoma. Samples are just now coming in, slightly slowed by the holiday weekend and intermittent cutting. The central Plains states have been reporting rain and severe weather for the past two days, and resultant sample collection will experience some delays.|
As expected, reports are of poor yields with some of the crop being relegated to feed status or abandoned.
Leading the way in the distressing crop numbers this year, the Texas winter wheat crop is forecast at 35.1 million bushels, down 63% from last year and 68% lower than 2004. This drought-devastated crop will be the smallest harvested since 1925. Texas is reporting only 16% cut, but this number could be falsely low and not representing the abandoned acres in the state where the crop is rated 82% poor to very poor and 15% fair. Harvest was approximately 7% complete in Texas at this time last year with the five-year average at 14%.
Oklahoma reports 25% cut, ahead of the 3% complete last year at this time, with the five-year average at 6%. The condition in Oklahoma is rated 69% poor to very poor and 26% fair. Oklahoma has experienced rains in several areas from 1.5 to 3.0 inches.
Kansas has some test cutting in the southern counties. Rated at 49% poor to very poor and 30% fair, this state’s crop is only slightly better than its southern neighbors and showing some slipping in condition in the past weeks.
These condition ratings are related to production-based numbers and crop condition. Actual test weights and proteins are higher than average. Test weights are averaging about 60 lb/bu (78.9 kg.hl), and protein is in the 14.0% range. No test milling or bake results are yet available.
Samples collected thus far reflect some of the stress with elevated proteins over 2005. As noted in the chart, protein is averaging 14.5% in comparison with 10.0% last year.