|Combines were starting to roll in central Oklahoma on Wednesday. If the precipitation holds off and the predicted 100 plus degree heat arrives, harvest (at least test cutting) could begin on the Oklahoma and Kansas border as early as this weekend.|
Reports from areas where cutting has begun:
South of Ft. Worth, Texas. All reported test weights are over 60.0 lbs/bu (78.9 kg/hl) and yields 45 to 70 bushels per acre where harvest is winding down, but just starting north of Dallas. Producer reports in that area indicate protein ranges from 11.5% to 12% (but elevators are discounting low protein).
Vernon, Texas, to Altus, Oklahoma. Much of this area has been cut and was probably the earliest wheat in the region. All test weights are over 60.0 lbs/bu (78.9 kg/hl), yields are reported at 20 to 60 bushels per acre and protein levels range from 9% to 12%.
South of a line from Lawton, Oklahoma to Altus, Oklahoma. Harvest is in full swing with proteins ranging from 10% to 11%, most test weights are in the 60.0 lbs/bu (78.9 kg/hl) range, with dockage in some areas a problem south of Lawton.
Reports for the High Plains and Texas Panhandle indicate a good crop with ten days to two weeks from harvest.