|The 2011 HRW wheat harvest in north Texas and southwest Oklahoma continues gradually after isolated scattered showers and moderating temperatures slowed cutting over the area last weekend. However, moderating temperatures are positive for areas north of the active harvest region, allowing continued kernel development.|
Harvest now extends into central Oklahoma. All areas of north Texas and southwest Oklahoma are reporting very good quality, but with yields (bushels/acre) extremely low, averaging in mid to upper teens. Test weights are averaging well over 60 lbs/bushel (ranging from 59 – 64.5), but with smaller kernels than are normally seen. Protein reports have been very good, ranging from the mid 12’s to over 13.5%. The crop so far is extremely clean, with the low dockage attributed to drought conditions which are not favorable to the germination of weed seed. Cutting has been reported as steady in the areas outlined above, but is proceeding more slowly compared with “normal” years. With very few custom harvesters in these areas, harvest may continue to develop slowly.
One privately owned elevator system in far southwestern Oklahoma currently reports their worst wheat year since the family business began in the 1920’s. This elevator is in an area (Oklahoma Mesonet) that has reported less than 0.25” of precipitation in any 24 hour period over the last 187 days. The far western regions of the Oklahoma Panhandle (including neighboring areas of Texas and Colorado) also report 237 days with less than 0.25” of precipitation in a 24 hour period.