|Hard red winter harvest in Texas and Oklahoma is now at or near 50% complete on a state-wide basis with Kansas now at 5% complete. Rain during the past week in the Texas Panhandle, Oklahoma and Kansas brought harvest to a virtual standstill over most of the region until Thursday. Rain totals reported this past week were in the three to five inch range and as high as ten inches in isolated areas.|
On average, test weights declined this week from 62.8 lb/bu to 61.9 lb/bu (82.6 to 81.4 kg/hl), and protein remained at 11.5% with a slight increase in shrunken and broken kernels.
Harvest is projected to move rapidly over the next few days as temperature and wind increase and humidity decreases. Timely harvesting in many rain soaked areas is becoming more important as broadleaf weeds are now starting to appear in many fields. The trend has been a slight to moderate increase in protein as harvest has moved north and west and should be reflected in the next testing report.