After precipitation stalled the early HRW
harvest in north Texas and southwest Oklahoma this past week, combines
are now running with cutting as far north as central Oklahoma. Several
elevator managers in the northern part of Oklahoma indicated they will
likely do test cutting this weekend with harvest expected to cross the
border into southern Kansas by early next week if weather permits. Crop
progress continues to be two to three weeks ahead of normal, extending
into Colorado and Nebraska.
The harvest in southwest Oklahoma will
be winding down this weekend, while areas south of Dallas are still making
slow progress due to wet fields, high moisture grain and lodged wheat.
Early yield reports are highly variable, ranging from the high teens
to well over 70 bushels per acre, but a common average from several elevator
managers has been in the upper 30’s.
The first 17 samples from north Texas
and southwest Oklahoma were delivered to the ARS Wheat Quality Lab for
evaluation and to FGIS for grading late this week. Test weights have
been impressive considering the heat that occurred prior to wheat being
physiologically mature. Proteins reported by elevator managers are
also wide ranging and may be related to the maturity of the crop at the
time hot weather occurred.