|Hot, dry weather in the Southern Plains moved HRW harvest along rapidly with areas in Texas and Oklahoma now showing very little wheat left to be harvested other than the Panhandles of both states.|
The Kansas harvest is also moving rapidly, especially in Southwest Kansas which had numerous wind, rain and hail storms over the last couple of months. This has also been true over the past few weeks for areas of central and northeastern Colorado with lodging of wheat due to rain, wind and hail.
Moving northward out of Texas and southwest Oklahoma where quality was very high (average protein was above 14%) and volume of production was low (10% - 25% of normal) has given way to a variable crop when considering test weight, protein, yields, etc. While protein is erratic and lower as harvest has moved northward, preliminary bake tests are encouraging and millers and bakers are saying they can work with this crop.
Yields have been erratic as harvest moved into central Oklahoma and south central Kansas. Yield differences were due to variation in variety, planting date, grazing, management level, and freeze damage earlier this spring which affected areas of Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. The influences of variation caused by the freeze were more pronounced in central Oklahoma into Kansas as areas south of that point were already in a drought when the freeze occurred and consequently, reduced potential yield.