|In Texas, 93% of the crop is headed and 6% of the crop has been harvested, according to the Texas Crop Weather Report released May 27, 2008, by the United States Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service. |
Mark Hodges, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission reports that:"The 2008 wheat harvest took a big leap on Thursday with wheat being cut in the southern one-third of the state. Test weights continue to be very high with most locations reporting 62 pounds or above. If the current weather conditions persist (forecast if favorable) we should be cutting wheat in all locations in the southern half of Oklahoma by Sunday or Monday if not before, at least on the earlier maturing varieties like Jagger and Overley." Recent storms have slowed harvest in the southwest and central part of the state and some hail damage has occurred in a few areas. Harvest in the north central and western part of Oklahoma is still approximately two weeks away and the crop appears to be in good condition.
Likewise, harvest in Kansas is still a few weeks away. Weather conditions have been favorable with the exception of a few places struck by severe weather says Aaron W. Harries, Director of Marketing Kansas Wheat.
The Oklahoma Farm Report includes a Wheat Harvest page on its Web site, www.oklahomafarmreport.com. Photos from the Oklahoma wheat harvest are posted. Here's one example, along with the caption included at the site:
(Photo courtesy of Oklahoma Farm Report)
"May 30, 4 a.m.: Howdy Neighbors and Good Morning! It appears we had a good bit of harvest activitity yesterday. Tom Smith from Kiowa County sent us a shot we published yesterday of a broad view--he has provided us a couple more pics (above) from Thursday cutting a field of Jagger wheat. Yields in the 50s and test weights still good and heavy--63 pounts--and moisture between 12 and 13 percent! Tom adds that these pictures are of the Beckley Harvest crew and 2009 markes the 50th year that the Beckley family has been cutting wheat for his family!"
--Ron Hays, Oklahoma Farm Report