|Composite sample averages this week showed a significant decline in protein while test weights were higher. |
Texas: The 2007 HRW harvest is just about completed. Producers in the Panhandle are done with cutting or will finish up this week. Yields have been above average, test weights average 60 bu/ac or better, and protein is around 11.5%. The rest of the HRW production region had an average year and has been finished for at least a week. Overall, Texas is through cutting, except for pockets of extreme moisture, which may not be harvested.
Oklahoma: Harvest has been completed in the southwest part of the state. Test weights varied from 55-60, with a majority being in the upper 50’s. The only area of any major cutting is in the Panhandle. Harvest is about 75% complete. Yields are well above average and test weights are around 60 lbs/bu. It rained over the weekend and in the first part of the week in central Oklahoma. Sprout damage is become a serious problem in many areas and it is doubtful that much more cutting will be done in this area.
Kansas: Western Kansas is nearly complete for the 2007 harvest with reports of high yields from Hard White wheat. All yields and test weights are maintaining very well through to later maturing fields with only some difficulty with green straw slowing down combines. Central and eastern Kansas have had more rain delays, reducing the quality and increasing the acres with weeds emerging taller than the wheat. Reports are coming from south central Kansas about sprouting in the head and some producers in that area are abandoning their wheat in favor of planting fall crops, if they can get in their fields. Overall Kansas is generally about 75% harvested, up substantially from last week. Forecasted hot and dry weather for this weekend should bring harvest to near completion by early next week.
Nebraska: Approximately 15% of harvest is complete in Nebraska, with harvest taking place in most areas of the state. All areas are expected to be in full swing over the weekend. In April, Nebraska was looking forward to a well above average crop, but diseases such as rust and scab have flourished the last couple of months to reduce yield potential. The weather in Nebraska has been well suited for cutting, and if it continues, harvest should progress rapidly.