|An additional 78 samples were received this week from the hard red winter wheat region. Harvest is quickly moving north with hot, dry winds accelerating ripening stages. Some areas are experiencing record heat in the upper 90’s to 100 degrees F. Proteins are still higher than average and test weights are holding steady above 60 lbs/bu (78.9 kg/hl).|
Texas and Oklahoma have completed HRW harvest. With the exception of some sporadic storms, weather had little effect during harvesting.
Kansas reported scattered rain in the past week with areas in the northwest and southeast receiving the most moisture. Harvest is approximately 55-60% complete in Kansas (predominantly south of I-70). The northwest corner of the state still remains to be cut. This compares to approximately 10% complete at this time last year. Yields have been better than expected with some scattered reports of 50-70 bu/acre. Protein remains high and has actually increased the cumulative percent by 0.1% from 13.8% to 13.9%. Last year’s protein average at this time was 11.3% with approximately 172 samples. NASS reports their rating of the crop in Kansas at 32% fair, 20% good and 2% excellent.
Nebraska reported light rains of one to two inches across most of the state with the exception of the panhandle. Harvest is expected to begin in the southern third of the state by today or tomorrow. Current evaluation of the HRW crop by NASS rates the crop at 26% very poor, 28% poor, 29% fair and 17% good. Yields are expected to be down from last year.
Colorado crop maturity conditions for wheat are ahead of last year with unseasonable and record high temperatures accelerating ripening. However, numerous thunderstorms with little rain but some hail have concerned producers and caused limited damage. Fire danger is elevated with increased lightening strikes. NASS reports a very general overall crop rating of poor to very poor, and conditions continue to deteriorate as the hot, dry winds continue. Approximately 30% of the crop is considered ripe, well above the 3% at this time last year. Stands are thin in many areas and yields are expected to be lower. Some wheat has been harvested in the southern part of the state with the north central area expected to begin cutting within another one to two weeks.
South Dakota winter wheat is reported virtually all headed with 50% turning color. Harvest is anticipated in another two to three weeks.