|HRW harvest in north central Texas has been completed with above average yields. Yields are also above average in the Texas Panhandle, where harvest is about 50% complete. Monday’s USDA Crop Progress report listed Texas at 45% complete compared to a 73% five-year average. |
The Oklahoma harvest has been completed in the southwest part of the state. Test weights varied from 55-60 lb/bu (72.5-78.9 kg/hl), with a majority in the upper 50’s (70's kg/hl). Harvest is moving most rapidly in the Panhandle where a few scattered showers and high humidity have slowed harvest. Yields are well above average and test weights are around 60 lbs/bu (78.9 kg/hl). Northwest Oklahoma has seen more moisture, more delays in harvest, and lower test weights, but they are still progressing. Producers in central Oklahoma have been unable to get into the field all week and have had many delays since harvest started in this area almost five weeks ago. Oklahoma has set a new record (110 years) for consecutive days of measurable precipitation. Overall, harvest is around 50-60% done in this area, but many acres may never be harvested.
Harvest is going strong in western Kansas where producers are seeing high yields from 40-80 bushels/acre and test weights in the high 50’s or low 60’s (70's or 80's kg/hl). Protein is mostly in the 10-12% range. With dry weather in the forecast, this continues to look like the best wheat harvest western Kansas farmers have had in six to seven years. Harvest in central Kansas has once again been delayed by rain. Wheat that can be harvested is below average from damage caused by freeze, disease, and flooding. Yields and test weights are both well below average. Harvest in western Kansas is near 50% completion in most areas, but custom cutters are in short supply. Statewide, harvest is only 30% complete. Farmers in south central Kansas may postpone some wheat harvest indefinitely in favor of planting fall crops.