|HRW harvest is complete or near completion in Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas. It has been a good year for producers in the western parts of these states, with the Texas and Oklahoma Panhandles and western Kansas producing wheat with high test weights and well above average yields. Unfortunately, producers in the central parts of Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas have had an unusually bad year. Wheat in north central Oklahoma and south central Kansas sustained some freeze damage in early April when temperatures dropped below freezing for several hours. As harvest approached, most of central Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas received several weeks of heavy rains and flooding. Yields and quality in these areas were well below normal and many fields will not be cut this year.|
Nebraska: Harvest is going strong in Nebraska with 75-80% cut. It has been hot and dry across most of the state, with only a few localized showers. Rust and scab have reduced yields, test weight, and protein in the southeast and south central parts of the state. There is little to no disease in the western and northwestern areas. Yields are above average with test weights ranging from the mid 50’s to the low 60’s. Overall, the protein will average around 13%, but there are pockets of higher protein going all the way up to 16%. Nebraska is cautiously optimistic for overall production to be above the state average of 70 million bushels.
Colorado: Harvest is approximately 60% done in Colorado and is going very well. Heavy snow over the winter months broke the drought that Colorado has been experiencing for the last seven years. Over 80 million bushels are expected in 2007 compared to the 39 million bushels produced last year. Test weights are good this year, ranging from the high 50’s to the mid 60’s, with the overall average being at or above 60. There are pockets of high protein, but the statewide proteins have been averaging around 10-11%.
South Dakota: Harvest has gotten a good start in South Dakota, with 25% cut. Cutting is widespread in the southern part of the production region and is moving north. The weather has been warm and dry with no rain delays. Currently, the only delay is waiting for combines to move north into the state. The overall production is expected to be above average. Both yields and test weights are slightly above average, with overall test weight being between 60 and 61 lb/bu (78.9 and 80.2 kg/hl). Proteins are expected to be around 12%, which is average for the state.